Sheriff-elect Fred Yaden announced effective Jan. 1, he will be temporarily suspending the collection of property taxes so the tax books may be audited.

“We will have a grace period so additional penalties are not incurred because of the suspension,” Yaden said

Yaden emphasized that Dec. 31 is the deadline to pay property taxes without penalty and that deadline will remain in effect. Anyone paying the property taxes between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31 is subject to a 5 percent penalty.

Yaden said that under state law, the suspension cannot last longer than two weeks. He said when there is a change in the sheriff’s office, it is common for the tax payments to be suspended.

“When we (Sheriff Gene Hollon and I) both sign off on them, the tax collection will resume,” Yaden said.

The sheriff’s department is responsible for collecting the tax bills and then making the payments to the school systems, county, city, library and several of the local volunteer fire departments that receive funding from property taxes. In return, the sheriff’s office receives a fee from each entity for collecting the taxes.

Yaden said the suspension will not affect the payments from the sheriff’s department, which are made monthly.

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