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  • Collector's office offers several ways to pay tax bills

  • As the deadline for tax bills looms, the Camden County Collector's office is reminding taxpayers there are several options to avoid the last-minute rush of standing in long lines or hoping the mail is delivered before the deadline.
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  • As the deadline for tax bills looms, the Camden County Collector's office is reminding taxpayers there are several options to avoid the last-minute rush of standing in long lines or hoping the mail is delivered before the deadline.
    All personal property and real estate taxes are due by Dec. 31.
    Taxpayers can pay in person, mail their checks or take advantage of the availability of a 24-hour drop box that has been installed at the courthouse.
    Credit card payments can be made online, but Collector Vicky Burns reminds taxpayers there is a charge added by the company processing the payments.
    Another option is to sign up for a prepay plan that is broken into quarterly payments. Although it is too late for 2012, taxpayers interested in that option can contact the collector's office to find out if they are eligible.
    Burns said the pre-pay plan has turned out to be very popular. It is especially helpful for people on a fixed income who would prefer not to make a large one-time payment at the end of the year.
    The office will be open for business on Dec. 31 in addition to regular business days. The courthouse is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    At the end of November, the county had collected and disbursed approximately $10 million to the various taxing entities. That's slightly ahead of where the county was with collections in 2011 at the end of November.
     
    About the quarterly plan:
    How it works
    By state statute, in first class counties, taxpayers may make quarterly payments on their property tax based on estimated amounts from the prior year.
    Property owners may pay their 2011 taxes in quarterly payments this year based on their 2010 total amount divided by four.
    Participating taxpayers will receive a receipt for each payment they make.
    The quarterly payments will be reflected on their November property tax statement.
    It will show the payments made and what, if any, balance is due.
    If the total amount is less than last year's, the taxpayer would receive a refund for that amount.
    The installment program does not apply to delinquent taxes.
     
    To participate:
    Taxpayers must go to the courthouse in Camdenton, located at Highway 54 and Business Route 5 to sign up. At the Collector's Office, they will give you the estimated amount for the quarterly payments.
    You must review and sign an agreement explaining the program to enter the program.
    For more information, call the Collector's Office at 573-346-4440, ext. 1200.
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