The City of Owensboro is adapting to the times. Rather than posting overdue taxes and their audit publication in the newspaper, the City will instead make all information available on its own website. Officials said that in addition to being more accessible, it’s a move that will save taxpayers money every year.
Due to changes in Kentucky law, the city is no longer required to spend money posting overdue taxes and their audit publication in the Messenger-Inquirer. The move will save just over $6,000 per year.
Dane Galloway, deputy director of finance and support services, said the city has adapted the way it does business and shares information with the public over the past few years.
“There have been some changes in the way people get their information these days,” Galloway said. “This method (of posting on our website) makes it more accessible. You don’t have to get the paper. It’s also easily shareable.
Galloway said specifically with overdue property and property taxes, the ability to share is a big factor. For example, someone can see a family member’s name and quickly send the link to let them know about an overdue tax they may not have been aware of. It’s not so easy with a newspaper.
Also, it’s only once in the log. From now on, overdue taxes will be posted on the City’s website for 30 days. Galloway said this was another big benefit for citizens.
“All electronic aspects facilitate sharing and access. I think it’s a bit of a change of era and it’s more paper-friendly.
Regarding the audit, the City generally had to pay $5,000 to publish an insert in the newspaper. This is no longer the case.
Galloway said they will leave a link to the audit on the city’s homepage for 30 years, then it will be available on the finance department page for at least two years.
“We’re very aware of how people get their information and how people are moving towards electronic consumption,” Galloway said. “With technology, things are so much more accessible. The nature of everything has changed and we are trying to change with it.
Galloway said there will be a legal notice in Saturday’s edition of the newspaper informing people of the changes.
As of 2021, outstanding property and real estate taxes can be viewed here. The list will be updated weekly to reflect payments made. If anyone has any questions, they can contact the City Tax Department at 270-687-8537.
As of 2021, the City’s audit publication can be viewed here. If anyone has any questions, they can contact the City’s finance department at 270-687-8534.