About 90 percent of Barren County property taxes have been paid so far for the 2013 fiscal year, said BC Sheriff Kent Keen.
“I think the collection is going pretty smooth,” Keen said. “People are lining up and paying their taxes. I don’t know how this year is compared to last year because I wasn’t here last year.”
Sherri Hammer, BC Sheriff’s Office book keeper, said she doesn’t know what the property tax money is used for.
“All we do is collect the money for them,” Hammer said. “And then we just give it to them. We don’t have any say in what they do with it.”
Hammer said there are four separate property tax deadlines.
“The first one for the discount was Nov. 30, 2013,” Hammer said. “December 31 was the deadline for the face value of the tax. The penalty for Dec. 31 to Jan. 30 is five percent. The penalty for the January 30 deadline is 21 percent. Anything beyond that is the maximum penalty. But after April 15, they go delinquent and they are referred to the county clerk’s office.”
Ashton Harrison, Barren County deputy clerk, is the person who is in charge of the delinquent taxes. She said the taxes come to the county clerk’s office on April 16.
“Of course we have to check them, make sure everything transfers correctly, so we usually don’t start collecting those until the next week,” Harrison said. “It’s about five to maybe about seven days out. And for the first five days after we start collecting payment, we can take off the county attorney fee and they can come in and pay those taxes or they can mail them in.”
If the amount due has not been paid off or if they have not entered into a payment plan with the county attorney, their properties then go up for sale, according to Harrison.
“We have the tax sale usually in August of the same year,” Harrison said. “We have different companies from Kentucky, from out of state. They can come in and they can purchase those tax sales (properties). They would actually pay the amount of the tax bill and put a lien against the property until they’re paid. And of course, once that’s done, then the taxpayer would actually have to go contact the purchaser to pay that bill.”
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