Office getting ready for tax-bill sale and local-option election

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County clerk’s corner

By Joan Kincaid

The sun is bright and it is a beautiful day here in the clerk’s office. We are preparing for both the special election on July 26 and for the delinquent real estate tax bill sale July 25.
On July 26, voters will go to the polls to vote on the question: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County?”
I am trying to encourage you to be sure to vote. I am hoping that Owen County will have a high-voter turnout. Just remember to be sure to bring your ID with you to the poll. As a voter, remember to expect a line and be prepared to wait to vote. Kentucky law is very clear that all voters get to vote, as long as they are in line by 6 p.m.
As we turn our attention to Election Day, please keep in mind the following  dates: at the present time a voter who will be outside the county on Election Day may vote on the absentee machine during normal business hours at the Owen County Clerk’s Office. Also, you may request a paper absentee ballot from the Owen County Clerk’s Office, due to age, disability or illness that prevents you from going to the polls; students who temporarily reside outside the county in which they are registered (it must be mailed to an out-of-county address); voters who temporarily reside outside the state; persons whose employment location requires them to be absent from the county all hours and all days absentee voting by machine is conducted; military personnel; and people who are incarcerated.
The last day to apply for mail in absentee is July 19. The application must be in the clerk’s office by 4 p.m. July 19.
Furthermore, confirm your voter information before Election Day. My staff and I will be glad to check to see if you are registered and in what precinct. The phone number for the Owen County Clerk’s Office is 484-2213.
Know the time the polls open and close: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  A copy of the ballot and voting location is in the paper.
My goal is to make sure that every voter is given the opportunity to vote and  make voting as easy as possible.
Today, I would also like to remind you about the delinquent taxes. We are preparing for the delinquent tax sale scheduled for 9 a.m. July 25 in the Owen County Clerk’s Office. If your tax bill is purchased from the clerk’s office by a third party, the amount of your bill is largely inflated. The notion that you can wait and pay them later has cost some taxpayers as much as triple the bill. It will save the taxpayer quite a sum in the long run to pay before the tax sale occurs. I hope this will heighten your awareness of how important it is to try and pay your taxes before the sale. The law allows the third party to purchase delinquent taxes, and thus the purchase has a tremendous impact on the taxpayers of Owen County.
I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions at (502) 484-2213 or by e-mail at owencountyof535@bellsouth.net.