Livingston County Assessor Steve Ripley reminds property owners, including businesses, that they must report all personal property owned on Jan. 1 to the Assessor's Office by March 1, 2013. Those not returning a completed list to the assessor by the deadline may be subject to a penalty.

Penalties range from $10 to $100 depending upon the value of the property and state statutes provide the assessor with almost no discretion to waive the penalties.

In January, the assessor mailed every property owner reflected on the assessor's records a form upon which the taxable personal property must be reported. If anyone failed to receive a form or lost the form, a new one can be obtained by contacting the assessor's office at 660-646-8000 ext. 2 or stopping by Suite No. 3 at the Livingston County Courthouse.

If you are new to the County or a first time property owner, you must contact the Assessors' office to be placed on the books.

"It is a busy time of year and it's easy to forget to turn in the personal property list," Ripley said, "so we make every effort to remind people to return the forms by March 1st."

Ripley reports that with just a couple of weeks left in February, just over 43 percent of the assessment forms mailed had been returned to the Assessor's Office.