Meet Your County Collector
Mark Hensley was elected to the office of Scott County Collector in 1998. Prior to that time he was an advorlorem tax specialist. From 1983 to 1997 Mark was the Chief Appraiser for the Scott County Assessor's Office.
The Scott County Collector is responsible for the collection and disbursement of property and use taxes for over 30 taxing authorities including school, road, fire and other entities. The collector also collects merchant license fees, auctioneer, railroad and utility taxes. Annual collections and disbursements exceeded over 13 million dollars last year.
By law, the collector must use any legal means to collect delinquent taxes such as the annual certificate tax sale held on the fourth Monday of August each year. Primary tax records are maintained and held for public use within the collector's office.
- Pay real estate taxes and personal property taxes online. (click here)
- View the Scott County Delinquent Land Sale List. (coming soon)
- Tax Statements are mailed the second week in November
- Merchant License statements are mailed in November
- Taxes and Merchant Licenses are due by December 31
- Delinquent Land Tax Sale is held the 4th Monday in August
When are real estate and personal property taxes due?
Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are levied annually and the statements are mailed out in November. Tax payments are due by December 31 of each year. If paying by mail, the postmark determines the timeliness of payment. Payments received after December 31 must include penalty and interest charges. If a tax bill is not received by December 1, please contact the collector's office at 573-545-3548. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the obligation to pay taxes and applicable late fees. If you are paying taxes after December 31, please refer to the delinquent payment chart on the right side of the statement.
Who is responsible for paying real estate taxes?
The tax liability on real estate remains with the property. Taxes are a lien. When ownership changes, the new owner is liable for any unpaid taxes. On current ownership changes, generally the tax records will reflect the previous ownership. The new owner will need to call and request this statement if the previous owner did not forward the statement to you.
When are personal property taxes assessed?
Taxes are assessed as of January 1. Taxes are due for the entire year regardless if the property is no longer owned or has been moved from Scott County. State law requires that personal property taxes be paid before license plates on a vehicle can be issued or renewed. The Department of Revenue License Bureau accepts a paid tax receipt to verify that taxes have been paid.