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September Collector’s Report
September Collector’s Report

County Collector Terri Mitchell
2009 Land Tax Sale

We wish to thank everyone who participated in the 2009 Land Tax Sale held Monday, Aug. 24. There were only six properties offered this year, the fewest number of properties ever offered in the sale. In May, we started with approximately 215 eligible accounts owing three years of delinquent taxes, and by sale day there were only six accounts subject to the land tax sale. Of the six properties auctioned, four sold on the day of the sale; the two unsold properties will be offered again in the 2010 sale. Our office worked extremely hard to inform the rightful owners, heirs or interested parties of the upcoming sale. It is our goal to do all in our power to keep properties from going to the land tax sale, and this year we saw real progress in achieving that goal.

City of Crocker

It seems as though every year brings new challenges to our office. This year the City of Crocker requested we act as their collection agency by collecting the city’s real estate taxes. Some county collectors in Missouri collect both real and personal property taxes for one or more cities in their county by simply including the city amount/s on the county statement, and we are delighted to provide this money saving service for the city of Crocker. Therefore, the 2009 Real Estate Tax statements will include city tax amounts for the residents of Crocker. The amount will be figured in the same manner and according to the same specifications, but will be billed on the county statement and collected by our office instead of the City of Crocker, at no additional cost to the taxpayer. This not only saves the city mailing and personnel expenses, but also expedites real estate tax payment for Crocker residents since they will make one payment to pay both city and county taxes. We are also collecting delinquent taxes for Crocker and ask city residents to contact us if you have questions regarding delinquent amounts.

Tax Payment Options

Considering the latest health advisories on H1N1, all of us are concerned about the spread of this highly contagious virus. The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is what we are holding as true. We will be washing our hands more, using antibacterial hand sanitizer and wipes, and remaining vigilant on coughing and sneezing etiquette; however, we are aware that exposure to the public can increase the odds for contracting and spreading any virus and/or bacteria. In light of the facts, I would like to make sure you are aware of our different payment options. Mailing a personal check for the exact amount on your statement (no rounding please) is a great option, and we accept the postmark date on the envelope if mailed by the last day of the month. Please include your driver’s license number, birth date and current phone number if it is not printed on your check. Other available options include the web site, www.pulaskicollector.com, and toll free number, (877) 847.5977. Both of these options provide for payment with a debit or credit card as well as an e-check. There is a 2.75 percent convenience fee when using a card (debit or credit) and a flat rate of $2.75 when paying with e-check. Your payment will be receipted the day it is received and your receipt/s will be mailed that same day.

Service to the taxpayers of Pulaski County will always be our highest priority. We encourage your suggestions, comments and/or praise. Together we are making the Pulaski County Collector’s Office one of the most outstanding in our state.

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