Knox County Commissioners extend county emergency declaration

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KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Knox County Commissioners on Friday announced the county emergency declaration restricting visitors to county facilities will be extended.

The emergency declaration was first issued March 18. In an executive order signed Friday, the declaration will remain in effect until 8 a.m. May 11; however, commissioners said they have the ability to withdraw the declaration before that date if conditions allow.

Commissioners will hold their regular business meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday to re-evaluate procedures to re-open the county facilities based on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s orders.

“We needed to make a decision now on extending our restrictions at our county facilities,
particularly the Courthouse and our Treasurer’s office,” said Commission President Kellie
Streeter. “The man-power needed to maintain social distancing guidelines at the Courthouse
are significant, and that greatly intensifies with the upcoming Spring Property Tax due date of
May 11th. It’s our busiest day of the year at the courthouse.”

Regardless of when the emergency declaration is lifted and the Courthouse is re-opened, the
Knox County Treasurers office will remain closed to visitors on May 11th, due to the potential
for crowding.

There are four different options for property owners to pay their tax bills. They can call the Treasurer’s office and pay with a credit or debit card over the phone; go online; mail in their
payment; or they can drop off their payment to a drop box located outside the courthouse.

Cash will not be accepted.

Friday’s executive order also included the county’s COVID-19 response plan.

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