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The Cole County Health Department Stay at Home Order goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 5:00 p.m. on April 11, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by further order.
The Cole County Health Department public gathering order took effect on March 19, 2020.
The Cole County Health Department establishment order took effect on March 23, 2020.
This order was issued to protect the health and safety of all residents, with the goal of limiting the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community.
The Stay at Home Order requires residents to stay home unless they are engaged in one of the essential activities specified in the order. Essential activities, as defined in the order, which are specifically related to health and safety, the procurement of necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity, for certain types of work and to care for others. When engaging in any outdoor activity, individuals must comply with Physical Distancing Requirements.
Hotels can still operate. The restaurants can still provide food services. Dine-in service at on-site restaurants and bars is not permitted.
Grocery stores can provide food services. No dine-in service is allowed.
Yes. Mobile food units and temporary food events may provide curbside, drive-through, takeout, and delivery food and beverage services. Congregate seating is not allowed and Physical Distancing Requirements must be met.
Gas stations can provide food services. No dine-in service is allowed.
"Self-Quarantine" means to separate and restrict the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These individuals should avoid contact with any other individual and have their own bedroom and bathroom, away from others.
No, gyms and workout facilities are not classified as essential. Individuals can engage in outdoor activity that includes walking, hiking, running, or biking. Physical Distancing Requirements must be met.
Yes. Physical Distancing Requirements must be met.
All non-essential businesses or operations are allowed to perform Minimum Basic Operations. Minimum Basic Operations are defined as, all businesses are allowed to maintain the value of inventory and infrastructure, provide security, process payroll or employee benefits, or facilitate employees working remotely. For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). Physical Distancing Requirements must be met.
No. You can engage in outdoor activities that include walking, hiking, running, biking, and yard work. Physical Distancing Requirements must be met.
Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers are classified as essential. Physical Distancing Requirements must be met.
Yes. Funeral homes, crematoriums, cremation, burial, mortuary services, and cemeteries are classified as essential. Physical Distancing Requirements must be met.
Information about the order can be found here. Stay at Home Order 3-27-2020 (PDF)
The best way to get your questions answered is to email them to the Cole County Health Department. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the Cole County Health Department at 573-636-2181.
Media inquiries can be emailed to email@example.com.
Major categories of essential businesses defined in the order include:
To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses and Operations shall comply with Physical Distancing Requirements.
A full list of categories of essential businesses is provided in the Stay at Home Order.
Normally, property value impact notices are mailed in May and informal appeals occur during the end of May and all of June. Formal appeals with the Board of Equalization must be appealed at the County Clerk's office the 2nd Monday in July. Formal appeals to the State Tax Commission are only allowed if you have gone through the Board of Equalization process first; State Tax Commission level appeals are usually held in September and October.
Find out more about Appeals.
Taxes are determined by multiplying your assessed valuation times the tax rate. A variance in either factor can change your tax amount. In order for taxes to decrease there must be either a decrease in assessed valuation or a decrease in the tax rate (which can occur due to a tax rate rollback, the statutory protection provided to limit the increase taxing entities can receive from reassessment). Likewise, an increase in either assessed valuation or tax rate can cause an increase in taxes.
The tax system, created by the legislature, is set up to keep the valuation and taxing functions separate. To provide for fair and accurate assessments, periodic updates (reassessment) are required, ensuring fairness and equity in property values. After the values are completed, the political subdivisions set the tax rates, determining the amount of taxes you will pay. The assessor only deals with assessed valuation; the assessor has no control over tax rates.
It used to be that few penalties were ever applied and lists were commonly filed late. To force compliance, the statutes were changed in the early 1990's. The new rules for compliance on returning lists were much stricter and tougher in consequence, resulting in a dramatic increase in compliance ever since.
The assessor has attempted all forms of public awareness to remind property owners to return their lists on time, however we seem to have about the same number year after year that are turned in late. We continue to use all available resources to remind property owners to turn in their assessment lists on time.