Posted: Dec 31, 2013 1:57 PM by Jiaxi Lu, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Dec 31, 2013 6:07 PM
COLUMBIA - Boone County residents have until midnight Tuesday night to submit their property tax payments to the Boone County Collector's Office.
Boone County Collector Patricia Lensmeyer said the tax bills are mailed in the middle of November, and every year there are lot of people that pay in person close to the deadline.
"Today [Tuesday] is the last day that people can pay without penalties, and the deadline is midnight tonight," Lensmeyer said. "If people don't make it to the office by 5 o'clock today to pay in person, then I encourage everyone to use our drop box at the Ninth Street entry. And be sure you sign your check."
Missouri law states property tax can be levied on real property including growing agriculture crops, buildings, structures, and tangible personal property such as cars. Failing to make the payments by the deadline can lead to penalties and interests of up to 25 percent of the amount owed per year.
Lensmeyer said unsigned checks cannot be taken as payments for taxes.
"It happens more than people would think. They get in hurry, they put it in a dropbox and they'll forget to sign the check and then when we are ready to process, we cannot accept the payment, and light fees would apply then," she said.
Taxpayers still have several ways to make their payments at the last minute:
For more information or payment method, visit the Boone County Collector's website.