Ottawa County's tax assessor will travel to rural communities this week to help residents with matters of personal property tax and homestead exemption.

Linda Kelly will spend Tuesday in the northern part of the county, where she will obligate her day to residents needing assistance in Peoria, Quapaw, Picher and Commerce.

On Wednesday, Kelly will travel to Afton, Fairland, Wyandotte and the Turkey Ford area.

Everyone who purchased a new or existing home in 2006 must file for homestead exemption, according to Kelly.

“When you move, it is necessary to refile, Kelly said.

An additional exemption, called “double homestead, is available to homeowners whose total household income did not exceed $20,000.

Double homestead exemption applications must be filed each year for those who are under the age of 65.

People over the age of 65 who previously filed for the double homestead exemption and whose annual income does not exceed $20,000 do not need to re-file - unless they have moved since filing their last application.

All business and corporation personal property must be reported to the county assessor's office before March 15.

Also, all mobile home owners who have not reported to the county assessor's office should do so before March 15.

Veterans with 100 percent disability who have received letters for exemption are asked to bring their letters to the tax assessor. Additional paper work must be completed and on file at the courthouse, according to Kelly.

Kelly will be available Tuesday at the following locations:

Barney's Last Stop in Peoria - 9 to 10 a.m.

Quapaw City Hall - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Picher Senior Citizens' Center - 1 to 2 p.m.

Commerce City Hall - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, assistance will be available at the following locations:

Afton City Hall - 9 to 10 a.m.

Bank of Fairland - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Bank of Wyandotte - 1 to 2 p.m.

Bradshaw Corner Grocery - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Assistance is available year-round at the Ottawa County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.