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General Questions

Tax Questions

If you don't see your question answered here, send us an email.
For general information: info@pulaskisheriff.com
For tax information: taxes@pulaskisheriff.com



General Questions


1)   What are the office hours of the Sheriff's Department?
2)   Is the Sheriff's Department open on holidays and weekends?
3)   How do I get an out of state vehicle inspected?
4)   How do I get proper service of Court Papers?
5)   How do I get an abandoned vehicle off my property?
6)   How do I get a copy of my accident or incident report?
7)   How do I obtain a warrant?
8)   How do I get a Restraining Order?
9)   How do I apply for a concealed carry permit?
10) How do I get fingerprinted for employment or other reasons

11) How do I get a background or criminal records check?

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1) What are the office hours of the Sheriff's Department?

Answer: The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has both office personnel and essential personnel. The office personnel generally work 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. However, the essential personnel are available 24 hours per day. This includes personnel that man the public window in the lobby of the Sheriff's Department. If you need something, anytime day or night, someone will be there to assist you.

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2) Is the Sheriff's Department open on holidays and weekends?

Answer: The essential staff of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is always on duty, no matter the circumstances. However, the office personnel are off on weekends and most recognized holidays.

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3) How do I get an out of state vehicle inspected?

Answer: By state law, all vehicles with an out of state or salvage title must have a "Sheriff's Inspection" before being registered in Kentucky. The vehicle must be "road worthy" before being inspected, meaning it must be ready to drive. It can be inspected at the Sheriff's Department during regular office hours for a $5.00 fee. If you need an officer to inspect it at your location, a $15.00 fee will be charged.

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4) How do I get proper service of Court Papers?

Answer: The Sheriff's Department serves all types of civil and criminal papers which number into the thousands every year. Those papers include; domestic violence, small claims, evictions, civil suits, subpoenas, and a host of other papers. Generally, all papers are obtained through the Pulaski County Circuit Clerks Office and are then sent to the Sheriff's Department for Service.

Fees for service of common types of court papers are as follows:

  • Emergency Protective Order (EPO): No Charge
  • Eviction Notice: $30.00
  • Civil Summons:  $40.00
  • Small Claims Summons:  $40.00

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5) How do I get an abandoned vehicle off my property?

Answer: The Sheriff's Department tows vehicles every day from public roadways after being abandoned or involved in an accident. However, officers are not allowed to tow a vehicle from private property. If you wish to have a vehicle removed from your property, you may call a wrecker of your choice and have it towed away. The wrecker fee usually is borne by the owner of the vehicle - but you should discuss that issue up front with the wrecker operator. The Sheriff's Department can assist you with names and numbers of local wrecker operators.

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6) How do I get a copy of my accident or incident report?

Answer: Reports, including accident, burglary, theft and other reports, can be obtained by stopping by the Sheriff's Department in the Pulaski County Courthouse and are provided at no cost to the person involved. A small fee may be charged to other persons and insurance companies.

You can also get your accident report online by going to buycrash.com. Enter in the information provided to you by the investigating officer as well as your personal information to find your report.

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7) How do I obtain a warrant?

Answer: The Sheriff's Department does not issue warrants. All warrants are issued by the County Attorney and then sent to the Sheriff's Department for service after a District Judge reviews and signs them. Any questions about obtaining warrants should be directed to the County Attorney at (606) 679-4449.

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8) How do I get a Restraining Order?

Answer: Emergency Protective Orders, (also known as an EPO), are orders issued by the courts that restrain a party in a domestic violence situation from committing acts of domestic violence. EPOs can be obtained during normal business hours through the Pulaski Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the courthouse. If you need assistance after hours, the Sheriff's Department will assist you with the proper forms and contact a Family Court Judge on your behalf. If you do not have transportation and need domestic violence assistance, call the Sheriff's Department by dialing 911 and an officer will respond to assist you.

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9) How do I apply for a concealed carry permit?

Answer: Concealed carry permits authorize individuals to carry a concealed weapon after proper training and testing. You must first complete a certified training course and then submit an application to the Sheriff's Department. A 4x5 color photograph and a $60.00 fee are required during the application process.

Click here for a current list of certified carry concealed instructors.

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10) How do I get fingerprinted for employment or other reasons?

Answer: There are many reason you might find a need to be fingerprinted, including employment, background checks, security clearances, and even federal firearms licenses. The Sheriff's Office will be glad to assist you and will fingerprint you for a small $5.00 fee.

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11) How can I get a background or criminal records check?

Answer: For many years, local law enforcement kept paper files of arrests records and citations issued by their officers and deputy sheriffs.  However, those records are now entirely electronic and are kept by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in Frankfort, KY. Local law enforcement, including the Sheriff's Office, can no longer complete criminal records checks commonly used in pre-employment checks and for rental housing requirements.

If you need a background check, you can do so by making a request with the AOC either online or by U.S. Mail.

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Tax Questions:

1)   When do taxes become due each year?
2)   May I pay my taxes with a credit card?
3)   What if my mortgage company is responsible for paying my taxes?
4)   Do you accept partial payments?
5)   If I mail in my payment, can I get a receipt?
6)   What if I have misplaced my tax bill, can I get another copy?
7)   What is the Homestead Exemption and how do I apply?
8)   May I pay more than one tax bill with one check?
9)   Is it true that if I don't pay my taxes by the deadline date that my property will be sold?
10) If I sell my home during the year, am I still responsible for payment of property taxes due in the fall?
11) What types of taxes does the Sheriff collect?

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"1) When do taxes become due each year?

Answer: Taxes become due each year starting the first week of October. A 2% discount will be deducted from the tax bill if paid from October 1st through November 1st. The base amount due on taxes will run from November 2nd through December 31st. Penalties will accrue after December 31st with a 5% penalty being assessed from January 1st through January 31st and a 21% penalty will be assessed from February 1st through April 15th. On April 16th the bills will be payable to the County Clerks Office and you may contact their office for the correct amount due at 606-679-2042.

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2) May I pay my taxes with a credit card?

Answer: Yes. Credit cards and debit cards will be accepted at the counter in the tax office. However, a small transaction fee will be added to your credit card or debit card in addition to the tax amount.

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3) What if my mortgage company is responsible for paying my taxes?

Answer: All tax bills are the responsibility of the homeowner and the tax bill will be mailed to the address on record for the owner of the property. If your address has changed, please contact the tax office so it can be corrected and a duplicate bill will be mailed to you. Most mortgage companies will request a copy of our tax records and will pay the bills they have escrowed. However, if youre not sure, you should contact your mortgage company to provide them with a copy of your tax bill to insure the tax bill is paid.

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4) Do you accept partial payments?

Answer: No. The total amount of taxes due must be paid in full.

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5) If I mail in my payment, can I get a receipt?

Answer: Yes. Just send us a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment.

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6) What if I have misplaced my tax bill, can I get another copy?

Answer: Yes. At no charge.

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7) What is the Homestead Exemption and how do I apply?

Answer: The Homestead Exemption is available to homeowners who are disabled or those who have reached the age of 65 and have lived on the property for at least a year. This enables the Property Valuation Office to deduct $37,600.00 from the assessed value and the homeowner is then taxed only on the remainder of the assessed value. To apply for the Homestead Exemption, or for further questions, contact the Property Valuation Office at (606) 679-1812.

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8) May I pay more than one tax bill with one check?

Answer: Yes. Each tax bill number should be listed on the face of the check to assure proper credit is applied to each bill.

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9) Is it true that if I don't pay my taxes by the deadline date that my property will be sold?

Answer: No. At the end of each tax season (April 15th) the unpaid tax bills are turned over to the County Court Clerks Office. The County Clerk is responsible for collecting taxes and determining when the tax bill sale will take place. This means that the purchaser of any unpaid tax bills will have a lien on your property and the taxes will be owed to the purchaser in the amount of the tax bill plus 12% per annum and any incurred expenses such as attorneys fees or filing fees.

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10) If I sell my home during the year, am I still responsible for payment of property taxes due in the fall?

Answer: Yes. If you owned the property as of January 1st, you are responsible for payment. However, your taxes may have been pro-rated at closing - in that case you need to consult with your closing attorney.

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11) What types of taxes does the Sheriff collect?

Answer:

                1) Real Estate (Including School Taxes)
                2) Tangible Taxes (Equipment & Inventory)
                3) Franchise Taxes
                4) Gas Taxes
                5) Undeveloped Property
                6) Oil Taxes
                7) Limestone, Sand, Gravel Taxes

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Pulaski County Sheriff's Department
P.O. Box 752    -    Somerset, KY 42502
Phone:  (606) 678-5145    -    Fax (606) 679-3119
info@pulaskisheriff.com