Property Taxes

  1. Real Estate Property Taxes

    Real estate property taxes are levied annually and due upon receipt of the tax bill, but no later than December 31 each year. The postmark determines the timeliness of payment.

  2. Personal Property Taxes

    Personal property taxes are levied annually against tangible personal property and due upon receipt of the tax bill, but no later than December 31 each year. The postmark determines the timeliness of payment.

  3. Quarterly Payments on Property Taxes

  4. Tax Entities & Rates

    Property tax rates are set each year by local taxing jurisdictions within the limits set by the Missouri Constitution and laws. Rates are based on the revenues that had been permitted for the prior year with an allowance for growth based on the rate of inflation.

  5. Tax Relief Credits

    You may qualify for 1 of 2 state programs for property tax relief.

  6. Bankruptcy

    When a taxpayer files bankruptcy and lists the Cole County Collector as a creditor, the Collector receives a notice of the bankruptcy filing from the United States Bankruptcy Court.

  7. Nuisance Abatements

    The Cole County Health Department or one of the county's municipalities may declare that a property is a public nuisance if the condition of the property may endanger public safety, or is unhealthy or unsafe.

  8. Escrowed Taxes

    Escrow taxes are funds which have been collected by a bank, loan, mortgage or service company from the property owner for the payment of taxes.

  9. Duplicate Property Tax Receipts

    Anyone who has paid Cole County personal property taxes may get a duplicate tax receipt. You may obtain a duplicate of your original property tax receipt from our office.

  10. Vehicle Licensing

    Vehicle licensing and titling is handled by the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR).

  11. Delinquent Tax Certificate Sale

    All lands and lots on which taxes are delinquent and unpaid for 3 years are subject to a tax certificate sale at public auction. The tax sale is held annually on the 4th Monday in August commencing at 10 a.m. at the Cole County Courthouse.

  12. Property Redemption

    Property sold at tax certificate sale for delinquent taxes may be redeemed within one year from the issuance of a Certificate of Purchase.

  13. Collector's Deed

    If the property has not been redeemed during the one year redemption period, the holder of the Certificate of Purchase may apply for and receive a Collector's Deed to the property.