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Paying taxes in Owen helps out your community

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By Joan Kincaid

Through the years I have shared my favorite tips with my family and friends. One example is, “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.” As I am now working on the budgeting for the clerk’s office for 2010, this saying comes across true and clear.

As I compare the 2009 receipts in the clerk’s office to last year’s receipts, I see that not many people have been buying and trading automobiles, or purchasing property as often. This has been taking a toll on the fees from which my office operates. Each year the clerk’s office must turn over any excess fees to the county and start with a zero balance for the new year. However, each month the clerk must collect enough fees from the office to pay salaries and expenses of the office. This often proves to be a financial stress when fees are down.

There are things that we can do to help keep fees in our county. One is to ask the dealership that you are purchasing your vehicle from to transfer the vehicle in your county. Many dealers have runners who bring the paperwork to the office while others send it through the mail. Also, if you are trading with an individual, ask them to meet you in your county clerk office to do the transfer. Remember the Owen County Clerk’s office hours are: Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;  Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The fees go toward not only the clerk’s office, but to the county and state and all the tax entities that provide invaluable services to our community. Do not forget that you can look on the clerk’s office Web site to find everything you will need to bring in order to do the transfer. The Web site is owencounty.ky.gov/clerk.

However, the clerk’s office has been busy back-scanning. We now have scanned 10 years of all land records images on the computer. We are now back-indexing and scanning the miscellaneous books. This is proving to be very valuable to all.

We have also been busy preparing for the 2010 election. Remember, Nov. 4, 2009, is the earliest date for candidates to file for an office on the ballot on 2010. Also, Dec. 31, 2009, is the last day to change political party affiliation and be eligible to vote in the upcoming Primary Election. Jan. 26, 2010, is the deadline to file for Primary Election, and Jan. 28, 2010, will be the ballot-position drawing.

With a record number of candidates on ballot expected, voter preparation is the key to a smooth voting experience. In the near future, I will share some of my voter tips with you – such as what Web site do I find the answer to, “Am I registered?” or, “Where do I vote?”

You are encouraged to contact me if you have any questions at (502)484-2213 or by fax at (502)484-1002 or by e-mail at owencountyof535@bellsouth.net.

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Joan Kincaid  is the Owen County Clerk