Saturday, October 21, 2006

St Charles County Residents Should Receive Tax Bills

St Charles County Residents Should Receive Tax Bills

The St. Charles County Collector of Revenue released more than 280,000 tax bills the week of October 12, 2006. These bills call for the collection of nearly $67 million in personal property taxes and more than $362 million in real estate taxes.

Citizens are reminded that under Missouri state statute the property owner is responsible for ensuring the real estate tax bill is paid. If a homeowner escrows taxes through a bank or mortgage company, the bill may be provided directly to that company. If a homeowner receives a bill in the mail and is escrowing taxes through a bank or mortgage company, the homeowner should forward the bill to the appropriate company. Landowners who pay the tax directly to the County Collector should contact the Collector’s Office for the amount due if a bill is not received by November 1.

Anyone not receiving a personal property tax bill by November 1 that resided in St. Charles County on January 1, 2006 and owned personal property on that date should contact the County Assessor’s Office at 636-949-7420 to make sure a 2006 Personal Property Tax Declaration Form was received and processed.

All individuals and businesses should verify the accuracy of their personal property tax bills before making payment. Make sure the year, make and model of each vehicle is correctly stated. If any of the line item details are incorrect, contact the County Assessor’s office at 636-949-7420. Only the Assessor’s Office may make a correction to an assessment. The assessment data is used to calculate tax bills. Corrections should be requested as soon as possible to allow timely payment of the correct amount.
The St. Charles County Collector of Revenue is located in the County Administration Building at 201 North Second Street in St. Charles, Missouri. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. The Collector of Revenue and the County Assessor will also be open to the public on three Saturdays: December 2, 9 and 16, 2006 from 9 am until noon.
For the convenience of taxpayers, there is a drop box located along the street in front of the County Administration Building. No postage is needed when payments are submitted via the drop box. Only check or money order payments should be placed in the box. Paid receipts will be mailed to taxpayers using the drop box within 10 working days.

Taxpayers may elect to pay their property taxes by credit card via a toll free telephone number or the world-wide-web. This service is provided by Official Payments Corporation (OPC). OPC does charge a convenience fee which the company retains as payment for the service. To take advantage of this payment option, dial 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829) or visit Enter Jurisdiction Code 3513 for St. Charles County.

Taxpayers with vehicle license plates expiring in January of 2007 are strongly encouraged to pay their tax bill early to ensure timely issuance of a paid personal property tax receipt needed for renewal.

Payments must be received in the drop box before midnight on December 31, 2006 or be postmarked at a U.S. Post Office by December 31, 2006 to avoid interest and a late payment penalty. Both the Collector and the post office will be closed on December 31. Please make sure your payment is received by the Collector on or before December 31, 2006.

Call 636-949-7470 or 1-800-822-4012, ext 7470 for any additional information.