Caldwell County Clerk Toni Watson announced the county’s tax rates for the 11 tax districts in the county to the fiscal court at its Tuesday meeting.

This year is the first year for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office to collect taxes for the city and county. People may mail their taxes to the sheriff’s office at 100 E. Market St., Princeton, KY 42445 or bring them to the sheriff’s office at the courthouse.

The sheriff’s office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it will open at 7:30 a.m. throughout the month of November.

The office will be closed on Election Day (Nov. 3), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) and the day after Thanksgiving. Because of that, it will extended its hours on Nov. 20 and 30 until 6 p.m. and be open Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Also this year, city residents will have the city taxes and county taxes on the same bill, allowing them to pay both in one place.

“They will not receive a county bill and a city bill,” said sheriff’s office bookkeeper Melissa Dockery. “They are only going to receive one bill, and their city taxes are going to be included on their county bill this year.

“So, people will not be going to City Hall this year to pay taxes. Everything’s going to be done at the sheriff’s office. One-stop shopping this year.”

Those paying their taxes in the month of November will receive a 2% discount. Those paying in December will pay the face amount, but those who pay in January will also pay a 5% penalty. Those paying from Feb. 1 to April 15 will tack on a 21% penalty.

After the close of business on April 15, tax bills will be forwarded to the county clerk’s office and declared delinquent, incurring larger penalties and interest.

Tax rates are given in cents per $100 value of the item taxed, which includes real property, tangible personal property, motor vehicles and other items.

Many of the tax rates stayed the same in most of the districts, with little change shown in other categories.

This year’s tax rates for the county — given in cents per $100 value — are:

  • State: real 12.2, tangible personal 45.0, motor vehicles and watercraft 45.0.
  • County: real 9.7, tangible personal 11.5, inventory 11.5, aircraft 11.5, documented watercraft 11.5, motor vehicles and watercraft 11.5.
  • School district: real 44.6, tangible personal 44.6, inventory 44.6, motor vehicles and watercraft 53.8.
  • Library: real 5.9, tangible personal 7.79, inventory 7.79, aircraft 7.79, documented watercraft 7.79, motor vehicles and watercraft 3.7.
  • Extension Service: real 4.448, tangible personal 5.6293, inventory 5.6293, motor vehicles and watercraft 3.0.
  • Health department: real 5.0, tangible personal 5.0, inventory 5.0, aircraft 5.0, documented watercraft 5.0, inventory in transit 5.0, motor vehicles and watercraft, 5.0.
  • Watershed No. 1: real 3.64.
  • Watershed No. 2: real 33.7.
  • Timber: real 3.0.
  • Fredonia: real 28.0, tangible personal 28.0, inventory 28.0, documented watercraft 28.0, motor vehicles and watercraft 28.0.
  • Princeton city: real 16.3, tangible personal 16.5, inventory 16.5, aircraft 16.5, documented watercraft 16.5, motor vehicles and watercraft 16.5.

Those who have not received a tax bill during the first week of November should contact the sheriff’s office. All checks should be made out for the exact amount.

For more information about county taxes, call the county clerk’s office at 270-365-6754.