Property tax deadline hours away

Boone County residents line up to pay their property taxes at the collector's office Monday.

The Boone County collector told KRCG 13 Monday she is seeing a record number of last-minute in-person property tax payments.

Property taxes and personal property taxes need to be turned in to county collectors statewide by the end of the day Tuesday. The exact deadline varies by county. In Boone and Cole counties, residents have until midnight on Dec. 31 to submit their payments.

Boone County Collector Patricia Lensmeyer says she has never seen so many in-person payments.

â??Weâ??ve had longer lines today than weâ??ve ever had since Iâ??ve been collector, so that tells me more people are paying in person and theyâ??re waiting later in the year to pay,â?? she said.

Lensmeyer has been collector since 1995.

Under Missouri law, property tax can be levied on tangible personal property like cars, crops, livestock and mobile homes in addition to real property like land and buildings on it. If you donâ??t pay your property taxes by Dec. 31, you can face penalties and interest of up to 25 percent of the amount owed per year.

Some counties have several payment methods ranging from drop boxes to online systems. Lensmeyer said if you pay in person or through a drop box, you need to sign the check.

â??Every year I have several hundred that we cannot process because the check has not been signed,â?? she said. â??Sign the check, sign the check, sign the check.â??

Boone County residents who have not yet paid their property taxes can still do so on Tuesday at the collector's office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to turn in a paper check can also put the check in the brown metal drop box located just outside the door on 9th St. before midnight.