• Treasurer’s Office Glossary of Terms


    OCR Code

    Located in the coupon section of the tax statement, the OCR code contains information used to streamline processing when returned with your payment.

    Doing Business As (DBA)

    The business name known to Jefferson County and contained in the treasurer's database. Contact the treasurer's office if a name changes or needs corrections. 

    Financial Institution

    The code in the box labeled "FIN. INST." identifies the financial institution scheduled to pay your annual property taxes. The financial institution name is displayed near the middle of the tax statement, usually in a sentence similar to "A copy of your tax notice has been sent to (your financial institution's name)."

    Legal Description

    Information on record with the Jefferson County Treasurer's Office that describes the geographic location of your property. 

    • This has two components: the “sec.twn.rng.” description and the “.book.page” description.
      • Sec.Twn.Rng.Qtr. Sq. Ft. Land
        • Your subdivision or subdivision filing number will be displayed on the first line here (if appropriate).
        • The next line displays the legal identification of your property in geographic terms, as follows:
          • SEC. - section number
          • TWN. - township number
          • RNG. - range number
          • QTR. - quarter section number
          • BLK/T - block number
          • LOT - lot number
          • Sq. Ft. Land - this is not part of the legal description but, if displayed, indicates the property’s total square footage. This value is determined by the county assessor's office

    The above elements may not appear in the legal description for every property.

      • Key.Bookpage
        This is identifies where your property's deed (or other legal document) is filed with the county (usually the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's Office). Previously, book and page were used to define a physical book in which all deeds were manually recorded. This is currently used as a reference number to locate the information in the county's computer system.

    Mailing Address

    Your mailing address is the postal address on record with Jefferson County. It is maintained by the assessor's office and is used by the treasurer and other county offices. All correspondence and notices will be sent to this location. The mailing address may differ from the “property location.”

    Please contact the assessor's office if this address changes or is incorrect. All changes must be submitted in writing to the county assessor.

    Payment or Tax Payment

    This information is located on the coupon portion of the tax statement. The coupon should be included with your payment to assure prompt and accurate processing.

    The total tax bill can be made in two payments. The "First Half" is due on the date shown.

    If you wish to pay the full amount at once, submit the amount shown under "Full Amount" by the due date shown.

    If you submit the first-half payment, another statement will be mailed in May for the "Second Half" amount due.

    Refer to Important Dates for more information about the tax payment and collection schedule.

    If payment is not received by the due date, your tax will be subject to delinquent interest and fees and other legal costs. Refer to tax lien sale and associated frequently asked questions for more information.

    Property Location

    The address of the property for the associated schedule number.

    Property Valuation

    The property value determined by the Jefferson County Assessor's Office and presented on the tax statement for your information only.

    • Actual Land and Building - The property’s total dollar amount, including improvements (buildings, etc.) located on the property.
    • Assessed Land and Building - The dollar amount used to compute the tax.
    • Residential Property (7.96 percent) and All Other Property (29 percent) – The percentage of the “Actual Land and Building” assessed for tax computation. The resulting amount is represented in the “Assessed Land and Building” amount described above.

    Please contact the assessor’s office for more information about how property is assessed or for questions about your assessment or valuations.

    Schedule Number

    The number used to identify a specific property.

    Please use this number when contacting the treasurer's office; it will allow staff to quickly and accurately obtain information needed to help you.

    Schedule/SID/Unpaid Tax

    Your tax statement may not show all or any of these items. This information is printed on the coupon portion of the tax statement. The coupon should be detached and returned with your payment to help streamline processing.

    • The Schedule Number – Uniquely identifies your property
    • The Special Improvement District (SID) – This identification number is associated with properties undergoing some type of improvement, such as road pavement or new water and sewer lines. This will be blank if not needed. A SID may also represent a special assessment that has been added to your tax bill due to delinquent water and sewer charges or other city or special district fees. By state law, the county treasurer collects these fees.
    • Upaid Tax Lien - If there are taxes due when the statement is printed, the tax year and lien number will be displayed.
    • Previous Year’s Taxes Due – These appear when taxes are delinquent but the property has not yet gone to the tax lien sale.

    Tax District

    This identifies the tax district associated with the property. Tax districts are unique geographical groups of tax authorities that provide the services for a specific location and have power to levy taxes on that location.


    • Total Tax Levy – The total of the items in the “Tax Levy” column.
    • Original Bill – The amount from the current or previous tax bill. This item may not be displayed on your bill.
    • Total Due – The total amount of tax due; this is the total of all the items in the “Tax Amount” column. This may also be displayed as "Full Amount Due April 30" on some statements.
    • Balance Good Thru - The treasurer’s office must receive the total due by this date. If not paid by this date, the amount owed may change to reflect delinquent interest or other penalties.
    Last Updated: 5-23-2017