In what has proved to be an effective way to remind residents to pay their city personal property tax, the city will again publish a list of those with outstanding personal property tax bills in the Standard Democrat.
"This will be the third year," said City Clerk Carroll Couch. The list will run Aug. 18, so the deadline to pay up and keep your name out of the paper this year is 5 p.m. Friday.
Only those with delinquent personal property tax will be listed in the paper, as other methods are available to collect from those with outstanding real estate property tax bills.
City officials said it is important for the city to continue with efforts to collect the outstanding tax bills. "There's $345,000 worth of delinquent personal property tax owed including penalties and interest," Couch said. "The outstanding bills range from $3 to $1,200."
He said a lot of people say they have already paid their personal property tax at the county courthouse. While that takes care of their county personal property tax, city residents still have to pay the city, too.
"The problem exists for all cities, not just Sikeston," Couch noted. As often the problem comes down to the residents just forgetting or not knowing they have a tax bill to pay off, city officials have looked at new ways to inform residents. "We just introduced a second mailing this spring," Couch said.
Items taxed as personal property include "cars, trucks, motorcycles - pretty much anything that has a motor on it," said Vicky Jordan, city collector. "Boats, motorhomes, ATVs." Flatbed trailers are another example of personal property a lot of residents may own.
Values for tax purposes are not determined by the city but are based on the county's assessed valuation of the property, Couch said.
He reminded residents that being current on city taxes is necessary not only to run for a city office, but also to be eligible for any city job or appointment to any city board or commission. City taxes must also be current to get a city business license.
Jordan reminded residents that even though there are no longer city vehicle stickers, city residents must still pay a registration fee of $2.50 for non-commercial vehicles and $3.50 for commercial vehicles used on city streets. The fee is now included on personal property tax bills for city residents.