Jefferson County tax bills give extra vehicles to residents after printing error

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 9:59 AM

HILLSBORO, Mo (KMOV.com) -- A printing error resulted in about 4,000 Jefferson County residents getting personal property tax bills that listed dozens of vehicles as being their own.

The biggest error came on Beth Mahn’s tax bill which listed 35 vehicles, boats and trailers- 34 of which she does not own. This caught Mahn’s attention right away, as she is Jefferson County’s Tax Collector.

She says it was a printing mistake that sent out bills that listed extra cars, boats, jet skis, even horse trailers. “Some had two, some had four, nine, but there weren’t as many people who had 35 like I did,” she said.

Mahn says it all comes back to the printer the county hired to print 100,000 personal property tax bills for Jefferson County residents.

One in 10 bills during the first printing have the error, which does show the correct tax and assessment, but also those extra vehicles.

Now Mahn’s office is working to correct the mistake.

“The printer identified all four thousand,” she said. “I’ve been proofing his new run and printing new tax bills for those people today. They should be in the post office tomorrow with a letter of apology from the printer explaining it was his error.”

Mahn says the mistake is being fixed so quickly, there’s no need to change the due date for the tax, which is due in all Missouri counties on December 31st.

 

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