Architectural plans completed for Madison Co.’s new tax collector’s office.

MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) – Madison County is set to have a new tax collection office, with plans for the facility presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The council acknowledged receipt of the plans at its meeting on Tuesday.

However, the county has not decided where the new facility will be located, how it will be paid for.

It was also unclear how much the new building would cost. WLBT contacted Madison County spokesperson Heath Hall for further details.

Tax collector Kay Pace says the building is needed to accommodate the growth of her offices and those of the tax assessor.

“We need this piece so the tax collector can do what we’re supposed to do for Madison County,” Pace told the council.

Part of the problem stems from the county’s residential and commercial growth over the past two decades.

Since 2000, the population has increased from 75,108 to 106,896, including 10,000 since 2010. During this time, the total number of households has increased from around 27,000 to over 39,000.

This means that more people need the services of the tax collector’s office. It also means more recordings and more storage requirements.

“I’ve done everything I can do at this point, but I don’t have storage space,” Pace said. “Norman was so kind to make room for us in his office, but now he’s getting bigger too.”

Pace was referring to Norman Cannady, the county tax assessor.

The tax collector has faced different challenges since the onset of COVID-19, with employees and customers having to space themselves out.

“They (customers) have been very generous using the drive-thru since COVID began. The new building would have a lot more space behind the wheel and be easier to get to,” she said. “I just think it would be a much better situation.”

The plans were drawn up by Dean and Dean and Associates.

Renderings show a one-story building with walkways for tag renewal and tax collection.

Inside, the building has over 4,200 square feet of space, including a 372 square foot check-in room, a 475 square foot lobby, and over 440 square feet of storage space.

Pace accommodates additional storage and recording space.

“I really don’t have room for anything,” she said. “I have the safe that we put almost everything in, but you still have to have room for the public.”

The Tax Collector currently has offices in Canton, the City of Madison, and Flora. If the new office is built, the county would close its Madison location, Pace said.

This space would then be taken over by the assessor, Pace said.

We did not know how much the building would cost.

Meanwhile, Pace said the office is already considering expanding tax services to the Gluckstadt area, via a self-service kiosk.

She didn’t say where the booth would be located but said it would be up this spring. She said it would provide taxpayers with the ability to conduct business in the county after hours.

“It gives them a place to get their tags renewed, to pay their property taxes, their property taxes,” she said. “That’s the only reason I have them.”

Currently, the county has two kiosks in operation, but they are located in county offices and are only available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pace said the new kiosk would be in a public place and would be secure.

“I don’t walk up to an ATM without it being visible,” she says. “I want it to be secure.”

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Esther L. Steinbach