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Our staff is available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. If assistance is needed outside of our hours, someone can and will come out to help. It is important to note, there will be an afterhours call-out fee of $125 charged unless at least 200 gallons of Full-Service Fuel is purchased during the call-out.
Yes! Midwest National's Quickturn Flight Support offers Full Service Fueling for both 100LL and Jet-A. It is important to note that though we do have multiple fuel trucks that serve Jet-A, we do not have one for 100LL. Despite that, we still offer Full Service and rather will use our tug and fuel your plane for you at our fuel farm and conveniently park it for you ready to go.
To get information regarding our hangar availability, please call our office at (816) 407-3390.
Yes, we do offer a courtesy car for short periods of time for pilots that fly in. Please view our Courtesy Car Policy (PDF).
Yes, Midwest National Air Center does provide after hour assistance. We are open seven days a week between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If assistance is needed outside of our operable hours, an after hours call-out fee of $125 will be charged. Note: This fee is waived with 200 gallons of Full Service Fuel Purchase.
At Midwest National Air Center, we do not charge a landing fee.
You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a campsite with a valid driver's license. You may purchase a campsite at the Camp Host Booth located at the entrance of each campground. To make an Online Reservation or call the Park Office during business hours at 816-407-3400, option 3.
Upon payment or arrival, the Camp Host will issue a campsite pass, please attach this to your campsite post. You will also be issued a vehicle pass, to be displayed inside your vehicle on the front left side of the windshield.
For those of you who would like to enjoy the camping experience of either early or late season, Honor Envelopes are provided at the entrance of each campground at the Camp Host booths. During this time we do not have Camp Host on duty. We ask that you simply fill out the information requested on the front of the Honor Envelope. Please retain the top half as your receipt, place payment into the payment portion of the Honor Envelope, and insert this portion into the front slot of the Honor Box.
Important Notice for drive-in customers
The Clay County Parks Department accepts the following as forms of payment
One vehicle pass is included with your camping fee. However, if you have other vehicles or a boat/trailer accompanying you, there is an additional pass required. Please refer to the "related information" on the Clay County Parks website.
You may bring your own firewood if you would like, however; it must be burned during your stay with us. You may not take firewood out of the park due to the Emerald Ash Borer. Please do not leave any unburned firewood at the campsite. Please do not leave campfires unattended.
For your convenience, you may purchase firewood and/or ice while our camp hosts are on duty at the Camp Host Booth located at the entrance to each campground. During the off season, wood and ice can be purchased at the Camp Branch Park office, during business hours.
Maximum of 6 people per site, with up to two tents or one tent and one camper. Campers are allowed three axled units per site.
Yes, they are as follows
Except when there is a Monday holiday; then Sunday's checkout time becomes 11 am, and Monday's checkout time becomes 3 pm
We ask that you honor our check-out times promptly to minimize any hardship on the next guest arriving. the check-out times will be strictly enforced.
Yes, the Clay County Sheriff's Office patrol the campgrounds, trails system, marinas, swim beaches, and other park properties regularly. If you have an emergency, call 911; emergency personnel will be dispatched along with the Deputies. After hours, for Non-life threatening issues, call 816-407-3700.
Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am. Generators will be allowed UNLESS they are bothersome to your neighbors; if so, you will be asked to shut the generator off.
A minimum stay of two nights will be required for weekend reservations; must consist of Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. The cancellation of one night of a two-night minimum stay will not be allowed.
Minimum night stay for a recognized holiday is 5 nights. The cancellation of one night of the five nights minimum stay will not be allowed. Recognized holidays are: Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
The maximum length of stay is 30 days in any 60-day period in a campground for any camper, regardless of the person(s) paying or staying and the camper must be removed from the campground at the expiration of the 30-day limit. Campers may stay at Crows Creek for 30 days and then switch to Camp Branch for 30 days.
Any non-reserved camp sites will continue to be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Same-day walk-ins may stay one night during weekends and the five night minimum for holidays is waived regardless of the type of site. Same-day walk-in is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Customers who arrive after hours are advised to contact Clay County Parks in the morning to minimize the possibility of a conflict with a reservation that may have occurred in the meantime. If scheduling conflicts do occur, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the best outcome for both parties. If this is not possible for any reason, the customer without a reservation may have to be relocated. In order to avoid this possibility altogether, please use the online reservation system.
Animals must be kept on walking leashes of no longer than 6 feet or tie-outs no longer than 10 feet.
Yes, campfires are allowed only on the fire grills provided. Campers may gather wood on the ground, but may NOT cut trees or limbs. Firewood and ice will be sold by the Camp Host unless otherwise posted at the main camp host booths. Campfires are not allowed after Midnight.
No, golf carts and ATVs will not be allowed to be used in the parks other than those operated by Park Staff.
Yes, for your convenience Camp Branch Marina has a designated computer and printer for you to obtain your license. Please refer to the Missouri Department of Conservation for details.
Clay County Parks Department operates and maintains two public swim beaches at Smithville Lake. The beaches are located within Camp Branch and Little Platte Parks. Both beaches are open to the public daily from May 1st through September 15th from 8:30 am to sunset. Facilities include showers, changing rooms, restrooms, and a drinking fountain. There is no lifeguard on duty. Pets, glass containers, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
It is unlawful to bring into or have in your possession in any park or recreation area any loaded or uncased pistol, revolver, or any object upon which loaded or blank cartridges may be used. *Rifle, shotgun, BB gun, air gun, spring gun, slingshot or bow, or other weapon, in which a propelling force is gunpowder, spring, or air are considered a weapon or firearm. (Section 90.24)
There are no fireworks permitted in the parks.
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Clay County Parks Dept.17201 ParadesianSmithville, MO 64089Phone: 816-407-3400
Clay County Parks and Recreation Page
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We have several attractions nearby. Please refer to a partial list below and I would also encourage you to visit the Clay County website for further information.
According to MO State Statute 137.075 "Persons owning or holding tangible personal property on the 1st day of January shall be liable for taxes." Personal property includes all motor vehicles, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, trailers, boats, motors, mobile homes, aircraft, farm machinery, livestock, and grain.
The Assessor sends out assessment lists January 1 of each year. It is your responsibility to return that list to the Assessor's office by March 1, listing the taxable personal property you own as of January 1 of that year. Under state law, there is no provision for prorating taxes for a partial year, and you will be penalized if the form is not returned to the Assessor's office by March 1.
To qualify for a tax waiver in Missouri, you must meet one of the following requirements:
If you meet requirements number 1 or 2, you will need to bring your out-of-state title, application for title, or registration. If you do not have a vehicle that was registered in that state you must provide proof of residence in that state for January 1 of the previous year.
If you meet requirement number 3, you must bring the title or application for title in order to receive a tax waiver.
There is no fee for a tax waiver.
We need to verify the purchase date, and that the vehicle you are tagging is going to be licensed in your name before we issue the waiver. We also need to see the make, model, and vehicle identification number (VIN) to assess your vehicle properly.
There are two ways you can assess: Online or with a paper assessment. Both of these will be mailed to your address on record January 1 of each year. The online option will provide your account and pin number along with instructions on how to file online and the link to do so. The paper assessment form will have your address and property from the previous year pre-printed on the form. If there are changes to your address, please make those changes in the spaces provided. Even if you have moved out of Clay County, and your mail was forwarded please mail the list back to the Assessor's office informing us of this so that you may be removed from the tax rolls and avoid future mailings.
The property that is pre-printed on the list is the property that was on file for you the preceding year. For any property that has been disposed of you will need to draw a line through and provide the date disposed of. Below the list of pre-printed items are sections for you to list property that was acquired during the previous year. Be sure to fill the form out completely. Do not re-list a property that has been pre-printed for you. Should corrections need to be made to the pre-printed property lines item, make those corrections directly to them.
Both types of assessment must be accurately completed and returned to the Clay County Assessor's office before March 1 in order to avoid a late filing penalty.
Generally, leased vehicles are claimed by the leasing company and you are not directly responsible for the taxes. However, there are exceptions so you may want to check with your leasing company before listing a leased vehicle.
If you have further questions, please contact the Assessor's Office at 816-407-3520 or 816-407-3470.
If you bought your car after January 1 of this year, use last year's receipt. Property taxes are not owed on the new vehicle unless you owned it on January 1st. If you did own the vehicle on January 1 of last year and it is not listed on your receipt or is incorrect on your receipt or statement, please contact the Assessor's office.
Business Personal Property consists of every kind of property used by the business that is not real property. It must be movable without damage to itself or the real estate.
Any Business operating in Clay County as of January 1st of any year. This includes retail stores, distribution and manufacturer, professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and dentists. This would also include any home-based businesses.
You can use our online registration form or visit the County Assessor Page and print a Business Personal Property Registration Form, fill it out, and send it in or come into one of our two locations and do it in person.
Values can be obtained through our online assessment system using your account and pin number after June 1 of each year. If you have more than 10 accounts you may request a spreadsheet via Email.
Declarations are due March 1. Requests for an extension must be received by March 1 via email, and extensions can only be granted by April 1.
Yes, please use the fax number 816-407-3501.
Anything that is used for the business that is not considered inventory (for sale).
Examples: office fixtures, office equipment, displays, office furniture, signs, fax copy, machines, phones, file cabinets, office décor, computer equipment (including software), data processing equipment, tools, machinery, high-tech equipment (computer-driven), slot machines, robotics, construction equipment, etc.
The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) is the current tax depreciation system in the United States. Under this system, the capitalized cost (basis) of tangible property is recovered over a specified life by annual deductions for depreciation.
These are generally conducted between April 1 and May 1 by the Assessor's staff. Call 816-407-3500 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday for an appointment.
Following informal hearings, taxpayers may appeal to three BOE members. Forms for making an application to appeal to the BOE are available at the county Clerk's office at 816-407-3570. Forms must be returned to the Clerk's Office no later than the second Monday in July.
Appeals must be received by the state tax commission by September 30th or within 30 days of the BOE decision. Taxpayers must first present an appeal to the BOE before continuing to the state tax commission.
Yes. The date of purchase listed on the application for title is the date you actually owned it regardless of when you picked it up.
You will need your two previous year's receipts. If you were assessed in another Missouri county, you may need to contact that county for a previous year's receipt. If you cannot locate your tax receipt for the appropriate year, please call the Collector's office at 816-407-3200 for additional information.
The amount of tax you owe is based on the vehicles owned on January 1 of that year. Regardless of whether you no longer own those vehicles or whether you have purchased new vehicles, your tax is based on the vehicles owned on January 1.
You have 30 days to obtain Missouri license plates and a Missouri’s driver license.
Yes. According to state law, your tax obligation is established on January 1. Even if you move out of state the next day, you are still obligated to pay Missouri taxes. State law makes no provisions for prorating your tax bill.
Missouri law states that you must claim your personal property in the county you resided in on January 1st. We would be happy to put you on our mailing list for the next year. Please contact our office at 816-407-3520 or fill out the Address Change Form.
Yes. The license bureau requires that anything titled in your name have a matching receipt (in your name) showing that taxes were paid on that vehicle.
Yes. Any vehicle titled in your name must be claimed regardless of condition.
The tax responsibility goes to the owner of the record on January 1. If the property is owned jointly and the court order dissolving the marriage does not address tax liability, both parties are jointly responsible for taxes. Neither party can obtain a statement of no taxes due until the tax liability is satisfied. If you are separated and not legally divorced we can not split the bill once it is made. We can separate the account for the next year. If you are legally divorced you will need to provide copies of the final divorce decree showing who is responsible for each vehicle and you must have a current address for each party.
The amount of tax you owe each year is based on the value of the vehicles you owned on January 1 of that year. The value of each vehicle is found by using a standard rate book. The assessed value of each vehicle can be found on your tax statement. State Statutes dictate that we use the October issue of the NADA book.
You are required to return your Assessment form to our office no later than March 1st of each year. If it is received later than March 1st you will be assessed a late filing penalty that is based on the total assessed value of your vehicles. The increments are as follows and are set by the State:
The amount of tax you owe is based on the value of your vehicles, not on the number of vehicles. It is common for a person with one expensive vehicle to owe more taxes than someone with several less expensive vehicles. Also, tax bills vary by taxing district because of levy differences.
MO State Statute 137.080
By law, personal property is divided into subclasses.
Classification and assessment ratios are set by the State Law and cannot be changed by the Assessor.
Missouri Revised Statute 137.115 requires that the Assessor reassess all real property every two years on January 1st, in the odd-numbered year. This value is carried forward to the even-numbered year except for new construction and property improvements.
The Assessor's Office is tasked to ensure that the tax burden is distributed equitably among all property owners. To accomplish this, Missouri Revised Statutes - Chapter 137, is followed when assessing all real property.
Re-assessment is the process that helps to validate that real property is valued at current market value. All real property in Clay County is valued with uniform and consistent procedures following Missouri Revised Statutes - Chapter 137. Over time the value of property changes due to market conditions, location, condition of the property, and other physical and economic factors. Some property values change more rapidly than others. Reassessment identifies changes in market value, along with property condition to determine current market value.
The Assessor's Office continually collects and researches sales and lease data, income and expense data, along with other market factors when appraising the current market value of the real property. An important point to remember is that the Assessor Office does not create market value; it analyzes the transactions of buyers and sellers to help determine property values during the reassessment process. It is buyers and sellers that determine the levels of property value with arm's length sales transactions in the marketplace. Collected sales data is used to determine your property's current market value.
Once appraised values have been calculated based on information gathered by appraisers, the values are analyzed to determine how accurate and equitable they are. The Assessor's Office staff compares assessments to sales prices to determine ratios, which are then used to measure the level and uniformity of assessments. Sales ratio studies by neighborhood, type of property, and other criteria are performed regularly to assure uniformity of values.
Market value, true market value in money, and appraised value have the same meaning under Missouri law. A simple definition of market value is the price the property would bring when offered for sale by a person who is willing but not obligated to sell and it is bought by a person who is willing to purchase it but who is not forced to do so.
Foreclosure sales of real property are typically not considered a true arm’s length transaction, mainly for two reasons: 1) Seller motivation (do I have to sell to stop a foreclosure action or a bank-owned property) when selling a foreclosure property is much different than a typical sale. 2) The physical condition of a foreclosure property is usually poor. Normally a foreclosure property will require extensive repairs to become salable. Foreclosure properties affect market value by forcing competing properties to adjust asking prices. Current sale data shows that real property not under duress to sell may have a longer marketing period but sells for a much higher value than a distressed foreclosure sale.
Market value is the appraised value of your property as of January 1st. The assessed value is calculated by multiplying the property market value, based on classification, by the correct assessment ratio. Classifications: Agricultural - 12%, Residential - 19%, Commercial - 32%.
The assessed value of your property is used to determine your portion of real estate taxes paid to support local school and government services. It is important to you and to our office that your assessed valuation is accurate.
The amount of real estate taxes paid in Clay County is determined by local taxing authorities such as school, fire, library, hospital, and road districts, along with city and county taxing authorities. This is why it is important to be aware of any proposed changes in spending by your local schools or governments.
The Change of Value Notice displays the previous market value and current market value by the calendar year.
Mobile homes are assessed from the previous year's October issue of the NADA book, and assessed at 19% per the State of Missouri.
Mobile homes are assessed similarly to vehicles in the fact that it is based on who owned the mobile home on January 1st, where the mobile home was located, the year, and the make of the mobile home.
Mobile homes differ from vehicles in the fact that they are claimed where they are located and not where the owner is located. Also, the total square footage is taken into consideration when figuring the assessed value.
Per Section 137.092, RsMo the mobile home parks are responsible for rendering the mobile homes and owners located within the park to the Assessor's office every year. So, even if you don't claim it on your personal list, it may still be added based on the report that we receive from your park.
Mobile homes are only considered real estate if they are permanently affixed to a permanent foundation. If that is the case, you will need to make sure to contact Clay County.
More than likely, we did not receive your personal assessment list, but the mobile home was rendered to us by the park. When that happens, we do not assess the vehicles until the taxpayer either sends in their personal assessment list or comes in to one of our locations to be assessed.
Until we are informed by the park or the taxpayer, whoever's name is on the title or the purchasing agreement for the mobile home will be the person responsible for the taxes.
It should state in your rental agreement who is responsible for the taxes. If it is a 'rent to own' agreement, you may be responsible. Make sure to check your agreement or contact whomever you are renting from.
Aircraft are assessed based on year, make, model number, and hours flown the previous year. We use the spring issue of the Aircraft Bluebook per the State of Missouri.
Aircraft is considered historic when it is 25 years or older and flown under 200 hours in a year.
Kit planes are always assessed at the historic aircraft percentage based on the purchase price of the kit, purchase amount for additional parts, and number of labor hours.
Yes, the aircraft will still need to be assessed even if it is in parts. It will be assessed at the historic percentage based on the total purchase amount.
Aircraft is eligible to be assessed by the State of Missouri if it is used for commercial purposes and has a gross take-off weight of over 3,000 pounds.
If your aircraft meets those standards, you can learn more on the STC Website.
If you choose to have your aircraft assessed by the state, you will need to make sure to inform Clay County.
You will need the title or registration to the vehicle, proof of insurance, a Missouri State Inspection Certificate, and a tax waiver from the Clay County Assessor’s office.
You will need the title or registration to the vehicle, proof of insurance, a Missouri State Inspection Certificate, and a copy of the tax receipt showing paid taxes from the county where you were a resident on January 1 of the previous year. If you have two-year tags on your vehicle, the license office will require the previous two years tax receipts.
If you are a new resident of Clay County as of January 1, you need to contact the Clay County Assessor's office so that an assessment list may be mailed to you prior to March 1. If you become a Clay County resident after January 1, you will need to notify the county assessor's office that you moved from with your new address so they know where to send the bill for that year and contact the Clay County Assessor's office to be mailed a list for the following year. Taxpayers already on the tax rolls may fill out their assessment forms online (January 2 through April 30), whereas all taxpayers can download a current assessment list, print and fill it out at home, and send it to our office. Remember, you pay taxes to whichever county you lived in on January 1.
If you move from one address in Clay County to another address in Clay County, please fill out the Address Change Form or contact the Assessor’s office with your new address.
If you move out of Clay County, please fill out the Address Change Form or contact the Assessor’s office with your new address. If moving to another county in Missouri you will need to notify that county’s assessor’s office of your residence there.
Tax levies and taxes increase due to increased costs of school and government services. The Assessor is tasked to value property at its current market value as of January 1st. As the cost of schools and government increases, so do your taxes. An increase in your tax bill can be the result of an increase in your tax levy, an increase in your property assessment, a combination of tax levy and reassessment, or new construction on your property.
A tax levy is a number determined by a taxing authority such as a school district used in calculating, from the assessed value, the amount owed to that taxing authority for that tax year. As government services and costs increase, levies and taxes have to be raised to pay for these services.
School Districts, Fire Districts, Ambulance Districts, Road Districts, Water Districts, Hospital Districts, Library Districts, Junior College along with City and County Districts. Your property location determines which districts receive your tax dollars.
Changes cannot be made to a recorded document as it is a permanent record. If you want to make changes to the title, a new legal document would need to be prepared and recorded at the current recording fee rate. We do not have blank forms as we cannot prepare legal documents. You may either prepare it yourself or contact a real estate attorney to prepare it on your behalf. If you choose to prepare the document yourself it will need to meet all Missouri statutory requirements. (Example document types: Quit Claim Deed or Warranty Deed). You may be able to get Missouri standardized forms on the internet or at a local office supply retailer.
It is against state statutes for us to perform searches of the records and make determinations as to the existence of liens against your property. We provide a public access computer in our office for your use or internet access to our records from 1968 to date. You may wish to contact a title company to conduct a search on your behalf.
Our records are indexed alphabetically by name, not geographical. location. Searches cannot be performed by address or location. It is best to contact the Clay County Assessor's office real estate division, to get a printout of your property. This should give you the book and page of the deed referenced which will enable us to expedite your copy request.
A house is not like an automobile in that when you pay it off you get the title. You should receive the "title" or proof of ownership to your house shortly after you purchase it. It will be a deed from the seller conveying the property to you. When you pay off a loan a Release is recorded specific to the Deed of Trust that was paid off, but the release is not a document that proves ownership.
Our recording fees are based on page count; $24 for the first page and $3 for each additional page per document for standard documents. See the Fee Schedule Page for more information.
We do not determine which documents need to be recorded. We are here to make sure that the documents presented to us for recordation meet all state requirements, and then once recorded, are maintained permanently.
We accept credit cards, cash and checks (except for Marriage Licenses which are cash and credit cards only). There is a transaction fee charged by the processor for credit cards.
We do charge for copies, but with credit card payment we can fax, email or even mail you a hard copy. If you don’t need something certified and a copy will do, you can obtain a “web” copy from our website, by going to the "online access" section (NOTE: you must register as a new user to view and print).
The sales price is not of public record in Clay County. The Clay County Assessor's office may be able to tell you the market value for the area.
Our records do not pertain to the structure on the property but to the land itself. You may research our records to see if there were any deeds involving a builder. Or, the Assessor's office may be able to give you a general idea of when the property went from being assessed as vacant to being assessed with improvements, which might give you some idea of when the house was built.
For information regarding foreclosures, please check the Kearney Courier or The Excelsior Springs Daily Standard, then contact the trustee listed in the notice.
If your dog will be experiencing the off-leash environment for the first time, take it slow on your initial visit. If your dog acts aggressively, please put the dog on a leash immediately and let the animal "cool down". It takes time for a new dog to become comfortable with the fact that other dogs all share the neutral environment. Keep in mind that everyone at the park wants the same thing - socialized dogs that can have fun together. First time users should consider coming at off-peak times for their initial visit. At times, the park can become quite crowded. If you are not sure how your dog will react to a large number of dogs, don't put pressure on your dog by forcing it into what it may consider a threatening situation. Instead, come back at another time when it is less crowded.
Bringing children under the age of 5 into the dog park is discouraged. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Playful, unsupervised children and playful, unleashed dogs mixed together could result in injury. Children may engage in behavior which can trigger a dog's prey drive or natural instinct to chase. For this reason and for the safety of your children, we do not recommend bringing infants or young children into the Dog Park. If you choose to bring your child into the park, you should SUPERVISE VERY CLOSELY!!! Be sure you teach your child how to behave properly in a dog park environment. Children should not run around, scream, pick up and wave sticks, or approach animals that they do not know. While all dogs are expected to be well behaved and kid-friendly, these behaviors can trigger an alarm or defense response in some dogs, which can lead to aggression.
You do! Upon entering the dog park, you accept responsibility for cleaning up after your dog, and it is perfectly acceptable to insist that others do the same. Litter bags and trash cans are easily accessible. Keep an eye on your dog at all times so that you can ensure that you don’t leave anything behind. Your assistance in helping with the occasional “orphan poop” is appreciated. If there are no litter bags available, please contact the Clay County Park Office at (816) 407-3400 and inform them. Always try to bring a bag from home just in case.
No. The dog park is not a place to drop off your dog, but rather a place where owners can take their dogs to run free and play with other dogs and their owners. It is important that you keep an eye on your dog to maintain the safety and cleanliness of the park.
It is best to save treats to give to your dog after leaving the park. Not all dog owners will approve of their dog getting random treats, and there’s just too much potential for dogs to engage in guarding or stealing behavior that can lead to aggression and fights. If you must bring treats into the park for training purposes, please try to dispense them in an uncrowded area.
Yes, but we have tap water available free at the park. Water bowls are usually located throughout the park. Feel free to use them!
The dog park is provided free of charge by Clay County Parks, but dogs must be current on all vaccinations and wear an owner identification tag at all times. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required upon request of a Park Ranger. Tags may serve as proof.
Entries and exits are double gated with a transition area to prevent accidental escapes. When entering or leaving the dog park, do not enter the double-gated transition area if there is already a dog in that area. This will eliminate the possibility of both gates being open at the same time. Place your dog off leash in the transition area before entering the unleashed area. Some dogs can feel threatened if they are leashed in the presence of unleashed dogs. After entering, please move away from the entrance areas. This will lessen the problem caused when several off leash dogs, already in the park, come running over to greet the new arrival, perhaps overwhelming the arriving dog. It will also minimize the overuse of a small area. Take advantage of the expansive area provided for your dog.
Yes, a small dog area was added to the park in the past year. This area may be used for older or very submissive dogs as well, as long as they interact well with any small dogs already in the area. This area is optional for small dogs; if yours wants to run with the big dogs, go for it!
Call 911 for emergencies. To report unattended dogs or ordinance violations, please contact Clay County Sheriff’s Office at (816) 407-3700. For questions or comments regarding park management, call Clay County Parks Office at (816) 407-3400.
The County Dog Park was constructed through the efforts of Clay County Parks and the City of Smithville. As the dog park evolves and becomes used more, the park will be getting new amenities to add.
The Highway Department is responsible for maintaining roads and streets in unincorporated Clay County. Missouri highways with number or letter names, US highways, and Interstate highways are maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). All streets within city limits are maintained by that city. Visit our Report a Concern Page for a map of Clay County as well as a list of area cities and counties.
The Highway Department budget is limited to the funds allocated by the County Commission each year and to additional revenue received through MoDOT from state and federal funding. Commission funding is obtained through sales taxes in Clay County and the Highway Department also receives a portion of the Use Tax collected in Clay County. Additionally, State statute requires that the Road and Bridge tax collected in Clay County is first allocated to cities and special road districts with the remainder allocated to the Highway Department.
"Right-of-way" is the land on which a public road is built. In Clay County, the right-of-way usually extends 30' to the left and right from the center of the road. In some subdivisions, the right-of-way distances may vary. Please check with the Highway Department about the right-of-way for specific locations. The Highway Department is responsible for maintaining the right-of-way as needed for traffic safety. This includes allowing utility easements.
Residents should note that public right- of-ways should remain clear of landscaping and structures (fences, retaining walls, sprinkler systems, trees, etc.) Any such items in the public right-of-way are placed at the property owner's risk and are the responsibility of the property owner. Highway Department personnel make every effort not to damage these areas, but the roadways and ditches must be maintained. If it is necessary for County vehicles to be on private property, the Highway Department will contact the property owner to make the necessary arrangements.
Use the online form on the Report a Concern Page.
We have no way to dispose of a dead animal, therefore, we cannot remove carcasses. If a deer or other animal is on or near the roadway and is creating a traffic hazard, the Highway Department will move the carcass off the roadway.
If brush causes a visibility or maintenance hazard, the Highway Department will cut brush on the County right-of-way. Brush cutting primarily occurs in the spring and fall.
Yes. Each mowing season, the department mows along roadways in our jurisdiction. Right-of-ways are mowed at least once each season and more often if possible.
Rural Clay County citizens are encouraged to regularly maintain/mow a minimum of a 3-foot radius around mailboxes to improve visibility for Highway Department mowing crews, reducing the likelihood of mailbox damage during the mowing season.
No. Salt and sand can cause damage to gravel roads, so gravel roads that become slick are plowed/maintained with a motor grader.
The property owner is responsible for maintaining the driveway tube.
Clay County Highway Department personnel inspect and repair ditches as well as under-roadway culverts to ensure adequate drainage and erosion control measures.
Mailboxes that are properly maintained and correctly located per established federal guidelines will withstand snow coming off plows. The County is not responsible for damage that occurs due to snow discharge. View Clay County's Winter Road Maintenance Policy (PDF)
To file a claim, please Email the Highway Department the following information:
All items may be submitted via email. Once received by our office, everything is forwarded to the risk management department. The insurance company will then be contacted to begin the claim process. Any further communication about a claim will come from the insurance company. Submission of these items does not indicate or guarantee Clay County's acceptance of liability or responsibility.
Anytime a structure is placed in the ground the Clay County Public Health Center will verify that the building will not interfere with the septic system.
Contact the Planning & Zoning office to determine if a site approval is required.
Initial review typically takes seven to ten business days but can vary based on the number pf permits submitted. To help expedite the permitting process applicants are encouraged to submit all required documents with the initial submittal.
Clay County Planning and Zoning can only see the zoning of properties in Unincorporated Clay County. If you live in the city you will need to contact the city in which you reside. You can find the zoning of property in Unincorporated Clay County by searching the Clay County Assessor's Parcel Map or by calling or emailing our office.
We require all citizens in Unincorporated Clay County to request a pre-application meeting, through this process we will walk you through the proper steps to take. You can schedule a pre-application meeting by calling or emailing our office.
Typically 3-4 months from when you apply.
The County's regulation is one house per parcel. Depending on the circumstances you may be able to apply for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). You can find the ADU regulations in our Land Development Code Section 151-6.3(A).
The number of Companion, Small, Medium, or Large Animals is not controlled on agriculturally-zoned (AG) property with a minimum of 20 continuous acres. However, those animals may not create a nuisance. If the property is smaller than 20 acres you would refer to our section of code on animal use regulations 151-6.2C).
No, the bill as passed says a homeowner must be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. This language excludes those who contributed to other retirement systems, such as teachers. However, the Clay County Commission has proposed broadening the language to those who Social Security retirement age. Which is currently interpreted as age 62 or older.
The Clay County Commission is evaluating the impact of implementing Senate Bill 190 on the various municipalities, school districts and other taxing agencies within the county. In addition, calculations of the tax freeze require development of new processes and software. The Clay County Commission will be voting on the ordinance for the Senior Tax Credit at the November 30, 2023, Commission meeting.
No, a Clay County resident 62 or older, who owns a home used as their primary residence, and who pays the real estate taxes for that home, must submit an annual application to participate in the program.
No, the senior’s real estate tax may increase incrementally based upon certain taxes exempt from the program. Tax levies that fund debt payments and the State of Missouri Blind Fund are exempt from the program. Annual renewal of your application to the program is required, if a renewal is not submitted, participation in the program is terminated. If re-application is made a new base year will be established for calculation of the tax credit and may cause the tax due to increase.
As a result of SB 190 implementation, the Clay County Auditor estimates between $2 and $3 million per year of less revenue growth from property taxes Countywide for all jurisdictions. This amount does compound out and add up each year.
Questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged by email at email@example.com. If you would rather call and leave a message for one of the Commissioners please feel free to direct your questions to (816) 407-3600 and mention it is in regards to Senate Bill 190.
If you are eligible at the start of the program and submit an application the base year used to calculate the 2025 tax credit will be the amount of taxes paid in 2024.
Going forward the “base year” will be the year prior to the taxpayer becoming eligible and submitting an application to the program. If there is a lapse in participation or a change in the homestead the base year will change. The “base year” will not be retroactively applied.
If an eligible taxpayer turned 62 in 2020, the “base year” used will be 2024.
If an eligible taxpayer turns 62 in 2025, and applies in 2025 the base year will be 2024.
If an eligible taxpayer turns 62 in 2025, but does not apply for the program until 2026, the base year will be 2025, not 2024.
If an eligible taxpayer turns 62 in 2025, but does not apply for the program until 2027, the base year used will be 2026, so on and so forth.