Tax bills out soon

Fayette County’s treasurer is hoping to get tax bills mailed out in about a week and a half.
Treasurer Michelle Hagy said during Tuesday’s county board meeting that her office received the tax bill information from the office of County Clerk and Recorder Jessica Barker that morning.
She said that her office hoped to be sending on Wednesday or Thursday the bills to the company that provides the tax software for the county.
Hagy said that her office would also be working with the office of Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz to ensure that “zero” bills on some mineral parcels that do not need to be mailed are not.
Those were mailed last time, she said, costing the county money for needless bill printing, envelopes and mailing.
Hagy said the tax bills will be proofed and then hopefully ready to mail out on Monday, Sept. 14.
She said two issues caused a delay in getting the tax bills out – the COVID-19 pandemic and the county’s tax software company having problems implementing the county’s new financial system used for tax bills.
With the tax bills being mailed out on Sept. 14, Hagy said, the first installment will be due on Oct. 16 and the second installment on Nov. 16.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• The board voted to reduce by 25 percent the liquor license fees for renewals, covering the period that bars and restaurants were closed to in-person business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fee for new or reclassified licenses will remain unchanged.
• The board agreed to move forward with plans to seek federal reimbursement for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those include protective measures added for security in the courthouse lobby and in all county offices.
• The board approved the appropriation of $8,000 from the county bridge fund for a culvert replacement five miles north of Brownstown on 2300 Avenue in Sefton Township.
• The board approved the purchase of a new server for the sheriff’s office from System Development Services for $7,247.99.
Sheriff Chris Smith cited problems with the current server due to its age and increased video footage in the jail and with the jail visitor system.
• The board approved an agreement with South Central FS for up to 19,000 of gas at $1.846 per gallon.
• Board members agreed to continue suspending their pay for attending board and committee meetings.
Chairman Jeff Beckman recommended starting up pay at the start of the new fiscal year.

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