The 2013 Personal Property and Business Assessment Sheets for Barry and Lawrence Counties were mailed during the first week of January.
Community members who do not receive a form within two weeks are asked to notify the assessor's office.
"We would greatly appreciate it if you would double check the shaded box area, which displays last year's vehicles, trailers, boats and other property you were assessed with," said Sherry Sears, Barry County assessor. "If you have any corrections that need to be made for 2013, please mark out the incorrect items you no longer own and then list the new item purchased in the appropriate areas below the shaded box area.
"Please keep in mind the information you need to report is record ownership on Jan. 1st, 2013," continued Sears. "Also livestock and farm machinery do not print out each year, so you will need to relist that current information in the appropriate sections on the back of the form."
Sears reminds all county residents to sign and date their form before returning it. Individuals should also include a telephone number where they can be reached if the assessor's office staff has a question about the assessment.
Residents who are new to the county should call or visit the assessor's office in the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville to request an assessment form.
For more information, call the assessor's office at 417-847-2613.
Assessment forms must the postmarked or delivered by March 1 to avoid a late assessment penalty.
According to Doug Bowerman, Lawrence County assessor, the deadline to return the forms to the assessor's office is March 1.
"If you do not receive a list, please contact my office to let us know you need one," said Bowerman.
The office can be contacted by phone at 417-466-2831 or by email at email@example.com. The mailing address is P.O. Box 188, Mt. Vernon Mo. 65712.
"If you get more than one list, fill out one of them and mark the other one 'duplicate' and return both of them to the office," Bowerman said. "We will update our records based on the information you return to us."
Lists will contain personal property items that were turned in for the previous year already printed on them. Forms can either be updated and returned, marking the "changes have been made" box, or returned with no changes and marked accordingly. Bowerman said a line can be drawn through items no longer owned as on Jan. 1.
"Make sure the number of livestock is correct if you own livestock," Bowerman said. "It is the taxpayer's responsibility to let us know if you have moved here from a different county or state."
Bowerman encouraged anyone with questions about the forms to call his office.