In attempts to “get closer to the customer,” the Madison County Clerk’s Office will expand their delinquent tax collection services to their Berea office beginning on July 22, something they have never done before.

“Our Berea office isn’t used as much as our Richmond office and we have three clerks there during the day and it’s just not used as much as Richmond for some reason,” Kenny Barger, the county clerk said. “We just really want to provide more services.”

Barger said his office received 1,400 delinquent tax bills this year, which is an increase of about 200 bills that the county sees on average.

Residents acquire a delinquent tax bill if they don’t pay their property taxes, at which point the property is put “on lien” so that it cannot be sold.

“The longer the bill sets, the higher the interest becomes on it,” Barger explained. “If the property was sold, then we have first rights to collect the taxes.”

Collection services will begin at the Berea office located at the back of the Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut Street, on July 22.

“We’re just trying to expand our services with staff and workers,” he said. “The computer system they use is the same as the county, so there are no complications of doing it down there.”

Last year, the Berea location began offering marriage licenses, and according to Barger, the county hopes to start offering an additional passport service there as well.

People can contact the Berea office directly at 859-986-1460. The Richmond office will still collect delinquent taxes in the community room of the Richmond Courthouse on 101 W. Main Street in Richmond who can be reached at 859-624-4703 ext. 2.

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office does not close for lunch.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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