NEOSHO, MO.--- Dozens of people have been standing in line at the Newton County Collector's Office to pay their taxes.
"We pay our taxes every single year when you're supposed to pay them. At least according to what the scripture says, if they say you owe your taxes, you gotta come in and pay them," said Darrell Sumler, Tax Payer.
Taxes will take care of fire protection, roads, and schools. Jim Otey and his team have been busy accepting tax payments for the past several days.
"We are at about the same collection percentage as we have been in the past. This time of year, people wait until the last minute and they come in and see us and it's just the nature of the beast, and we are glad to see them," said Jim Otey, Newton County Collector.
Newton and Jasper counties are making it easier for customers, adding tax payments options. Payments can now be made by phone, online, by mail and in person. Many people, like Darrell, like to make their payments personal.
"We pay a lot of our bills online while we are out on the road. This is a personal thing that we actually pay our taxes and to get everything done and move back out. We can go with a clear conscious that it's really taken care of," said Sumler.
Collectors say if you don't pay your taxes by the deadline, there will be penalties.
"If people either haven't paid in person or if the envelope isn't post marked by midnight tomorrow night, they ensure a 9% penalty and interest. So whatever their bill or the face value add 9% the first month and then 2% each month thereafter," said Otey.
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