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Barnhart, James to speak to public

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Clay County Treasurer Debbie James and Clay County Assessor Mark Barnhart will speak about property taxes at the Clay County Senior Center, 120 S. Franklin St., Brazil, Monday.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and is sponsored by the Clay County Republican Club.

The elected officials will provide an update on the current situation concerning property taxes in the county. The public is invited to attend.

James was elected as Treasurer in 2006 and began her term in January 2008. Her functions as treasurer are to collect, to retain custody of, and to disburse county funds. She is charged of the collection of delinquent taxes (including sale of real property to taxes when authorized) and is required on a daily basis to enter all judgments paid in the appropriate record maintained in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

She collects local and state general property taxes for all units in the county, inheritance taxes, the tax on capital stock and surplus building and each association. The treasurer is required annually to send each person charged with taxes a statement of the amount of property tax owed.

Barnhart was elected to the Assessor's office in 2006 and began his term in January 2007. The County Assessor advises and instructs all township assessors of his/her county as to their duties and serves as reviewer of the returns made by township assessors. He is also the inheritance tax appraiser for the county and serves as a representative of the State Inheritance Tax Division in issuing consents to transfer of property held in joint names.

The County Assessor oversees a general reassessment in the county and serves as president of the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, which hears appeals on property tax assessments.

Both officials' offices are located in the Clay County Courthouse.

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