MADISON — The Boone County Sheriff’s Tax Office is committed to moving toward offering online payment options for Boone County residents, according to a presentation at a Boone County Commission meeting on Oct. 15.
Janet Linville, representing the office, spoke to commissioners regarding the initiative and received support from Commission President Eddie Hendricks and commissioners Brett Kuhn and Craig Bratcher.
The proposal includes the need for tax-paying software, costing $7,500, that will facilitate the payments.
“This includes the first year of maintenance and support,” Linville said to commissioners. “The installation costs $2,000.”
According to the proposal, Boone County Sheriff Randall White’s office is prepared to absorb the costs via concealed weapons surplus funds. After the first year of operation, there will be a monthly fee of $75 associated with the software for maintenance and support.
“I’m asking for the commission to include that cost in the annual budget for the fiscal year 2021,” Linville said. “The acceptance of online payments is exciting to the tax office, the taxpayers and the bank lending institutions.”
Linville added that the acceptance of online payments in the tax office will offer convenience to taxpayers and relieve some of the daily traffic for a staff that has been reduced by budget cuts by Boone County in recent months.
“We have experienced longer wait times due to the loss of one employee because of the budget cuts,” she added. “It will reduce the amount of tax overpayment refunds that I have to process because the online payment system will only allow the payment of the total amount due.”
After Commissioner Kuhn asked specific questions confirming that the tax office would absorb other related fees and costs, Commissioner Bratcher made the motion to include the annual $900 fee in the county’s 2021 budget and Kuhn gave support with his vote.
The system will be available for taxpayers to use in 2020. Look for a follow up story from the CVN regarding where citizens can find the payment portal on county website(s).
The Boone County Commission will meet again at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Commission Chambers on the third floor of the Boone County Courthouse annex.
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