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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Personal, real estate taxes due

  • The last week in December is that wonderful time of year when play is thrust to the forefront. Classes are on hiatus and students are playing outside in the snow or inside with video games, movies and new Christmas toys. For some adults, however, there is still business to attend to.
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  • The last week in December is that wonderful time of year when play is thrust to the forefront. Classes are on hiatus and students are playing outside in the snow or inside with video games, movies and new Christmas toys. For some adults, however, there is still business to attend to.
    Filing for a number of taxes is due by the end of the year. Livingston County Collector-Treasurer Martha Peery explains.
    “It’s personal, which is your vehicles,” Peery said. “If you have a business, it’s your business equipment. If you’re a farmer, it’s your machinery and livestock. It’s also real estate, which is your home.”
    Peery said the recent flow of area residents visiting her office, located on the first floor of the Livingston County Courthouse in Chillicothe, has been par for the course when compared to years past. She said New Year’s Eve is normally the busiest day of the year.
    “If they wait until the last day, they’ll probably have to stand in line.”
    Money collected from these taxes are divided among a variety of entities. Each receives a certain amount per every $100 collected. The list of entities includes: state, 3 cents; township, 10 cents; road and bridge, 28 cents; nursing homes, 15 cents; library, 42.67 cents; health unit, 25 cents; ambulance, 12 cents; developmentally disabled, 10 cents; county, 7.13 cents; and senior citizens, 5.10 cents. The City of Chillicothe receives 87 cents per every $100 collected from both personal and real estate taxes. School rates include Chillicothe R-2 School District, $4.29; and Southwest Livingston County R-1 receives $4.47.
    There are many methods of payment for personal and real estate taxes.
    “They can pay by check, debit card, credit card or cash,” Peery explained. “For cards, there is a 3.9 percent charge. That’s what they charge us, and we have to pass it on.”
    Payments may be dropped off at the Collector-Treasurer’s office during business hours, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, or placed in the drop box on the east side of the court house. Documentation may also be mailed to the Collector-Treasurer’s office at 700 Webster Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Mailed documentation must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2013, to avoid late penalties.
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