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Cole County collector files for re-election

Cole County collector files for re-election

February 21st, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

Larry Vincent

Larry Vincent announced Tuesday he plans to file for re-election as Cole County collector.

He was appointed collector by then-Gov. Matt Blunt in 2007 and was elected into office in 2008, 2010 and 2014.

Filing for countywide offices opens Feb. 27. The primary election is in August, and the general election is in November.

During his time in office, Vincent said, he has implemented several customer service upgrades including online payment systems and the ability to accept credit or debit cards for payments. A quarterly payment plan also was established for real estate taxes, and online searches for tax information were made available.

The collector's office is responsible for mailing approximately 60,000 real estate and personal property tax bills each year, as well as collecting and distributing more than $80 million annually to more than 20 taxing entities, five neighborhood and community improvement districts, and four tax increment financing districts.

The collector's office also is responsible for issuing merchants' licenses in the county and working with bankruptcy trustees on bankruptcy cases involving unpaid taxes.