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MO - Taxpayers get longer to pay their county bill
By The Examiner staff
All Jackson County taxpayers will have until Jan. 31 to pay personal property tax bills because of 84,000 miscalculated accounts.
Bob Boley, director of assessment for the county, made the announcement Tuesday. The extended deadline applies only to personal property tax bills, not real estate tax bills.
The billing problems, which date back to the week before Thanks giving, should soon be remedied, he said.
Properly adjusted tax bills, Boley said, should be mailed to taxpayers by the end of the year.
However, if residents do not receive adjusted bills by Jan. 10, he said, "pay the old tax bill."
County Executive Katheryn Shields said the county will send refund checks to individuals who did not receive adjusted property tax bills by Jan. 10.
"We looked first at quick fixes," Boley said, "but realized we needed to correct everybody's (tax bills) at the same time."
Shields said the delay will not hurt school districts and municipalities that receive a portion of the taxes "because personal property tax represents a very small percentage" of total funding.
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