Lawrence County residents will see a new look to the property valuation form sent out annually by Assessor Doug Bowerman.
"In an effort to make the process easier for taxpayers, an area on the form has been added that will show the vehicles and other personal property that was reported the previous year," Bowerman said.
If no changes have occurred, property owners can mark the box labeled "No changes made," sign the form and return it.
Those who have different vehicles or personal property other than what is listed can mark the box "Changed have been made." Items no longer owned on January 1, 2012, should be crossed out in the proper place.
The new form also has a place for vehicle identification numbers (VIN). Bowerman said listing the VIN, located on vehicle insurance cards, is voluntary. Those unsure of the VIN number should leave the space blank, Bowerman said.
"Farmers and ranchers need to double check the listings for livestock to make sure it is the correct number of animals owned on Jan. 1, 2012," Bowerman said.
If no changes are reported in the farm equipment owned, farmers will be billed for the same equipment owned the previous year. Changes in farm equipment should be listed like personal property, crossing out items no longer owned and added new pieces.
Assessment lists should be returned to Bowerman's office by March 1, 2012, to avoid penalties.
For additional information, call Bowerman's office at 417-466-2831 or at firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail. Bowerman asked for patience in answering calls due to the higher volume of inquiries at this time of year.