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Satellite office to open for tax time

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

Audrain County Collector Kate Becker is setting up a satellite office to collect tax payments in Vandalia this year.

Audrain County Collector Kate Becker is setting up a satellite office to collect tax payments in Vandalia this year.

Vandalia citizens will soon have the opportunity to pay their taxes here locally at a satellite office in Vandalia versus having to drive all the way to Mexico, thanks in part to Audrain County Collector Kate Becker.
The concept of a satellite tax office came about while Becker was attending a collector conference in April of this year. Becker was talking to another collector who had a satellite tax office, and so she inquired why that was necessary. The collector indicated that they come from a triangle county, meaning the county seat is on one side and everyone else is on the other side.
Since Audrain County is also a triangle county, Becker decided to begin working on the details to open a satellite office. Even though there has been a lot of struggle, Becker is determined to make it work.
“We’re only going to do nine days this year and if it’s used, we’ll make it bigger next year. If it’s used more than that, we’ll go once a month and a lot more in November and December. For right now, we’re just testing it out to see if it will be cost effective to have one in Vandalia,” said Audrain County Collector Kate Becker.
Upcoming dates to pay taxes in Vandalia will be December 16-20, 26-27, and 30-31. Fred Geerlings will be accepting payments from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Vandalia Public Library.
Not only can citizens pay their taxes locally, but they can also get receipts from past years payments. If there is an issue with the assessment, a call can be made to the county assessor to address the issue versus having to drive to Mexico.
“I think the people of Vandalia are excited for it, no one is excited to pay their taxes but the more you make it convenient for them the better” Audrain County Collector Kate Becker added.