On Wednesday, February 16th, 2002, Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order regarding vehicle property taxes for Kentucky motorists.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES HAVE INCREASED

When I went down to the courthouse to renew my tags and registration last month, I noticed (felt?) what those who have already had to do it are noticing. And, yes, we were warned. I paid more for re-upping in 2022 than I did in 2021 because of the rising cost of used vehicles.

USED VEHICLE PRICES HAVE INCREASED

According to the executive order, the pandemic-induced disruption to the global supply chain led to a sizable increase in the cost of pre-owned vehicles. What we've known our whole lives--that vehicles begin to depreciate as soon as we drive them off the lot--has always been backed up. But, then again, we haven't ALWAYS been in the throes of a global pandemic.

I was never good in my economics classes, but I'm getting it.

KENTUCKY VEHICLE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

Under Governor Beshear's order, despite the fact that the cost of the average motor vehicle rose nearly 40% in the last year, we will not have to pay taxes on the inflated value over the next two years.

Now, I read this and thought, "Well, I'm a January guy and have already paid up." If you're like me, you will be taking advantage of this relief order by way of a refund check you will get in the mail.

HELPFUL INFO FROM THE DAVIESS COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE

But they will NOT come from the Daviess County Clerk's Office. They will come from the Kentucky State Treasury. Here's what the clerk's office tells us what we can expect and what we can expect from them:

"1. The Treasury will send refund checks, NOT the County Clerk offices. Those refund checks must be sent no later than 180 days from February 16, according to the Executive Order. (These refunds apply only to those who have paid their 2022 vehicle taxes already).
2. Because of the Governor's Executive Order, starting February 16 through February 26, PVA offices may adjust vehicle values to the corrected (2021) values. County Clerk offices should continue to renew vehicles as normal.
3. Vehicle values will be updated in AVIS to 2021 values on Sunday, February 27.
4. While March notices have already been sent to vehicle owners, starting February 28, when the payment is processed, payments will be based upon the corrected (2021) value.
5. April notices will be sent with the corrected (2021) value for each vehicle."

If you have any questions, you may contact the Daviess County Clerk's Office at (270) 685-8434 and then choose option #1. To get a hold of Daviess County PVA, call (270) 685-8474.

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