Time to fork over your taxes

By Bryan Richardson

Riley County’s treasurer issued a reminder to taxpayers Monday that the first half of 2011 property taxes are due Tuesday.

Taxes can be paid in person at 110 Courthouse Plaza, by mail with a Dec. 20 postmark, by internet at using either e-check or credit card and providing the statement number, or by phone at 1-800-2PAY-TAX jurisdiction code 2613.

County treasurer Eileen King noted that if the first half of personal property taxes isn’t paid Tuesday, the full amount becomes due on Wednesday. “On Dec. 21 every year, we have a few surprised people,” King told county commissioners at Monday’s press briefing. That stipulation doesn’t apply to real estate taxes, King said, but there is a 7 percent annual interest rate, and it’s calculated on a daily basis.

King suggested that people with questions can call the treasurer office at 537-6321.

King also acknowledged the prospect of bad weather Tuesday — including a forecast for heavy snow — that could upset the schedule. In the event of inclement weather preventing the office from opening Tuesday, she said taxpayers could come in the next business day with no penalties.

Holiday schedules

With the holidays approaching, county officials noted that offices will be closed both Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year. Offices are adjusting hours for year-end closing on Friday, Dec. 30, with the treasurer’s office closing at noon and the register of deeds office closing at 3 p.m.

The transfer station will close at noon Saturday, Dec. 24, and will remain closed through Monday, Dec. 26. It will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27. It will also be closed Monday, Jan. 2, and reopen for business at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.


Other topics

Gary Rosewicz, assistant county engineer, said Wildcat Creek Road would be open by the end of the day Monday.

Gregg Eyestone, county extension agent, made several suggestions on potential disposal of Christmas trees after the holidays. He said the trees can work as a wildlife habitat, its leaves and needles can be used as mulch, and it could be potential firewood, although it’s not a great heating source and needs time to dry before use.

Anybody wanting to dispose of the tree can take it to Long’s Park drop-off site on the corner of 16th and Colorado.

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