Walker County Revenue Commissioner Jerry Guthrie said Monday his office is closing to walk-in traffic effective immediately, which follows similar action Saturday by the Probate Judge's Office in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, 30 people have tested positive for the virus in Walker County by Monday morning, making it one of the top counties in the state for postive tests.
A notice released by Guthrie to the Daily Mountain Eagle and posted on the doors of his office Monday said, "Effective immediately, in an effort to help contain the COVID-19 virus, the Revenue Commission Office will be closed to the public until further notice. We will be operating on a limited staff on a rotating schedule."
The hours of the office will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Guthrie said in a text Monday the action is being done "for the best interest of everyone at this time."
He said three ways remain that the public can pay delinquent property taxes. According to the notice he pointed to, one can go to www.walkercountyrevenue.com to do in online. One may call between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to the Collections Department, at either 205-384-7267 or 205-384-7293. They may also mail payment by using the U.S. Postal Service, using certified funds or money orders only; business and personal checks will not be accepted.
For redemptions of property in a tax sale, call the Collections Department also for directions, the notice said.
Guthrie recently announced his office has changed the annual tax sale, due to upcoming advertising and notification deadlines. A tentative date has been set for June 16. The sale is "for everything due in 2019, and we have to close it out for everyone who hasn't paid with a tax sale," which is done like a public auction, he said.
Other numbers for Guthrie's office includes the following: Tax Assessor's Office, 205-384-7265 or 205-384-7295; Business Personal Property, 205-384-7280; Appraisal Office, 205-384-7296 or 205-384-7298; and Mapping Department, 205-384-7007 or 205-384-7008.
Walker County Probate Judge A. Lee Tucker said Saturday afternoon his office will now only take telephone appointments only, meaning the public will not be allowed inside that office. Tucker said one may now register the purchase of a new or used car from a dealership online, at www.EasyTagAL.com without having to come to the office.
Renewals of vehicle registrations can be done online at www.altags.com/walkerlicense. The deadline for renewals with no penalty has been extended to April 15.
"All in-person court hearings other than emergency hearings have been continued, but I am conducting hearings electronically as well as in-person emergency hearings," Tucker said.