Salem city residents who receive tax bills for nuisance abatement should go to the city administration building to pay them, not the county collector’s office, collector Shannon VanKirk says.
Some outdated letters sent out by the city say the county collector is collecting nuisance bills attached to real estate bills. That’s not correct, VanKirk told county commissioners at the Monday meeting.
According to the city’s tax collection agreement with the county, the county collects real estate taxes, but is not responsible for the collection of special assessments, including assessments for nuisance or dangerous building removal.
VanKirk said she has spoken to the city about the issue and the city is drafting a new letter to send out.
“When people come in to pay their nuisance taxes, they’re wanting to pay me,” she said. “And I’m telling them they have to go to the city to pay that. That’s not something I actually collect.”
The city’s existing nuisance code says cost of removal may be included in a special tax bill or added to the annual real estate tax bill for property. But the agreement states the collection of nuisance assessments is the city’s responsibility.
VanKirk also announced that personal property and real estate tax bills will be mailed out by the collector’s office Nov. 6 along with merchant’s license statements.
Residents can pay taxes currently without a tax bill. After receiving their bills, they can pay online, mail payments in, drop them in the box in front of the courthouse or bring them to collector’s office. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until they change for the holiday season.
In other action Monday, commissioners gave updates on roadwork underway this week.
First District commissioner Dennis Purcell said grading was planned on county road 5690 with materials also hauled to that road. Grading only was planned on 6190, 5100 and 5105 and brush cutting was underway on county roads 6400 and 6410.
Second District commissioner Gary Larson said material was being hauled to county roads 2070 and 2050 for grading, with all three graders committed to those roads. Brush cutting was planned on 2300.
County clerk Angie Curley announced that the courthouse will be closed next Monday for Veterans Day. Commissioners also will not meet Nov. 18, as they attend a Missouri Association of Counties conference.
At Thursday’s meeting, it was reported that the county will be receiving revenue for the 911 fund from the new three percent fee being assessed on prepaid wireless phones.
Presiding commissioner Darrell Skiles said commissioners attended the economic development meeting in Licking Tuesday sponsored by Intercounty Electric. One issue discussed was the need for better broadband internet in the region.
Skiles also attended an MREPC meeting in St. James to help finish a training grant application. Dent County had three classes requested for training, including anhydrous ammonia awareness and a class on flammable liquids and ethanol fuels. The group also heard presentations from EPA and Phillips 66 Pipeline Company.
Under commission reports, Purcell said a crew would be cutting brush on county road 2480, replacing stolen road signs, most of them on 5680, 5690 and in the Bunker area, and completing assembly of a salt spreader box on truck No. 119. Larson said a crew would be cutting brush on 2300, putting up signs and performing maintenance in the shop.
Also last week, commissioners opened bids for fuel for the road and bridge department and awarded the contract to Phil Mart for $2.07 per gallon for 7,000 gallons diesel.