Stevens County Coordinator Rebecca Young.

How and when Stevens County services would re-open to the public was the subject of some discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. At the moment, most County employees are tele-working from home. County Coordinator Rebecca Young told the KMRS Community Connection that there will most likely be a transition time before things get fully up and running to the public.

“I think it would look something like maybe being back to by-appointment-only across all departments and then slowly phasing into doors wide open,” said Young.

Screening the public for the coronavirus before they enter the Courthouse will be the trickiest situation to deal with. No final decision on how the County would re-open was made at the meeting. One interesting side note that Young made at the Commissioners meeting: the County Recorder has recorded a record amount of transactions, largely fueled by an increased number of refinancings.

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            The Commissioners also decided to discuss property tax options for taxpayers in further detail at next Tuesday’s meeting. County Treasurer Stephanie Buss reported about half of property taxes for the county have been received as of May 5th. Financially, she said, the county is running very well overall and she expected a levy increase could be around zero. It was noted that constituents already have a right to ask for abatement if they are having trouble paying their property taxes. But there was some discussion about reducing the penalties associated with late payments of property taxes due to economic hardships created by the pandemic.

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