Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 6, 2012

More convenient

Boyd residents do not have to leave vehicles to pay taxes

The Independent

ASHLAND — It’s tax time, and property owners in Boyd County in recent days have received their bills for their county, school and state taxes. There’s nothing unusual about that.

However, what is different in Boyd County this year is that county residents can pay their taxes in person without leaving their vehicles. There is a new drive-up window at the office of Boyd County Sheriff Terry Keelin that will enable property owners to pay their taxes without having to go through the hassle of finding a parking place and of waiting in line inside the sheriff’s office.

“This is something I’ve wanted to accomplish for a long time. A lot of people want to bring that (their checks for their taxes) in and hand it to you. They don’t want to send it through the mail,” Keelin said, adding several older residents have fallen and sustained minor injuries while coming into the courthouse.

“What happens is, they get here and there is nowhere for them to park. Elderly people especially want to hand you a check or cash,” Keelin continued, chuckling as he looked over the rare scene with several open spaces at the courthouse parking lot.  “We are just trying to make it as convenient as possible for people to pay their property tax bills.”

The drive-up window is clearly marked for in-and-out traffic, and is located in the Charles Sinnette Courthouse Annex where Keelin moved his offices after the completion of the new courthouse.

Keelin wasted no money in installing the drive-up window. County construction crews did the work using about $8,000 in materials. Keelin said the space, complete with a bank-style teller window, was created in an otherwise empty section of the annex lobby. Anyone with property questions in Boyd County can call (606) 739-9936 for more information.

People can still pay their taxes by mail, but to receive a receipt, they must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, which is an added expense. They also can pay inside the sheriff’s office. But the drive-up window is an added convenience that we suspect many people will take advantage of. After all, if we can buy our meals and do our banking without leaving our vehicles, we should be able to pay our taxes. We commend Keelin for this added convenience.