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Deadline Looms for Paying Property Taxes

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As the clock winds down on 20-13, it moves closer to a deadline for paying property taxes. 
  Your property tax payment is due today and for some that meant a visit to the courthouse to stand in line.
 The county collectors offices are closed now but there are other options for 
taxpayers trying to make the deadline. You can pay online at www.jaspercountycollector.com
or click here for a link.

     This year the county added a pay by phone option.
 Using a pin number on their property tax statement, taxpayers connect  and then follow prompts to pay. The collector says payments can be made at  both drop boxes outside of the courthouses in Carthage and Joplin through midnight.   

The line of last minute property tax payers stretched out of the collectors office into the courthouse hall earlier today.  
Mike Blackstone says he's been busy working but is glad he remembered. He says, "You get it in the mail, and you set it over there on your desk and then, I don't think any of us like to think about paying taxes.  So it's easy to push to the back of you your mind."

Others make this admission, " Because I'm a procrastinator, basically," says Brenda Eckler-Shephard.

Holt says she's not alone, "We have normal people always late, the  economy has something to do with it, their financial situation." 

That's The case for Krissy Melander who's here to pay her fiance's taxes. She paid hers last month and says she came today because now they had the money.

"Some of its Christmas money."  We asked if its a downer to have to spend it on taxes?  "I guess so. We cant spend it on other stuff. We have to use if for this.  Other than that,  it works.  Its paid,  that's all that matters."

For some questions or a lack of forms meant being referred to the assessors office. That became a problem for Brenda Eckler-Shepard at the Joplin courthouse.

She says, "They wouldn't even let me pay for what I knew I owed unless I came here first and have to wait for them to open now.  You'd think  on the last day, they would realize people were gonna  have questions and they would have it open on the lunch hour."


  The collectors office  added 7 to 10 workers in Carthage alone,  to handle  the rush of those last minute property tax payers.   Holt says the taxes  collected are important for local services. 


"The biggest part of the taxes we collect go to the school dIstricts in the county and various taxing entities they're involved with. The Jasper County  sheltered facilities, mental health and the county receive the smallest portion of what comes in, and  some of it goes to the state," says Holt. 


And some taxpayers understand.  Blackstone says property taxes serve a good purpose. "I think we all have a responsibility to maintain what we have, decent and nice and this is one way to get that done," says Blackstone. 

There are drop boxes outside each courthouse where payments can be dropped through midnight. The penalty if not paid by December 31st is 2 percent per month interest. Holt says, "  So like January, two  percent, February, four percent, March, six  percent.  Then there's a  seven  percent penalty added to that." 

 


 

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