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Audit: Osage County collected $95,000 in excess property taxes

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway stated the county collected $95,000 in excess property taxes. (MGN Online)

Osage County officials need to return nearly $100,000 to taxpayers, according to a state audit.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway stated the county collected $95,000 in excess property taxes. A report from Galloway's office reported county residents had approved two sales tax increases with a property tax reduction of 50 percent.

"Taxpayers deserve accountability with every cent of their money, and that means ensuring tax rates are calculated fairly and in accordance with the law," Galloway said in the release. "It appears county officials will take these issues seriously and do what is right by returning taxes that were over collected back to residents."

Galloway released the audit Wednesday, and gave Osage County an overall rating of fair.

County officials stated they would correct the calculation and return the excess collections to taxpayers over a five-year period.

The audit also reported an error in property tax statements to 15 railroads and utilities in the county resulted in schools receiving $2,100 less than what they should have received.

To read the audit, click here.

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