How the Kentucky Vehicle Property Tax Relief Ordinance Works

On Wednesday, February 16, 2002, Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order regarding vehicle property taxes for motorists in Kentucky.


When I went down to the courthouse to renew my tags and registration last month, I noticed (felt?) what those who have already had to do notice. And yes, we were warned. I paid more for reloading in 2022 than in 2021 due to the rising cost of used vehicles.


According to Executive Decree, the pandemic-induced global supply chain disruption has led to a dramatic increase in the cost of used vehicles. What we have known all our lives – that vehicles start to depreciate as soon as we take them out of the field— has always been backed up. But, again, we haven’t ALWAYS been plagued by a global pandemic.

I’ve never been good in my economics classes, but I get it.


By order of Governor Beshear, despite the fact that the cost of the average motor vehicle has increased by almost 40% over the past year, we will not have to pay taxes on the inflated value over the next two years.

Now I read this and thought, “Well, I’m a January guy and I’ve already paid.” If you are like me, you will benefit from this relief order through a reimbursement check that you will receive in the mail.


But they will NOT come from the Daviess County Clerk’s Office. They will come from the Kentucky State Treasury. Here is what the registry tells us what we can expect and what we can expect from them:

“1. The Treasury will send refund checks, NOT the county clerk’s offices. These refund checks must be sent no later than 180 days from February 16, per Executive Order. (These refunds only apply ‘to those who have paid their vehicle 2022 taxes already).
2. Due to Governor’s Executive Order, February 16-26, PVA offices may adjust vehicle values ​​to corrected (2021) values. County Clerk’s Offices should continue to renew vehicles as usual.
3. Vehicle values ​​will be updated in AVIS to 2021 values ​​on Sunday, February 27.
4. Although March notices have already been sent to vehicle owners, effective February 28 when payment is processed, payments will be based on the corrected value (2021).
5. April notices will be sent with the corrected value (2021) for each vehicle.”

If you have any questions, you can contact the Daviess County Clerk’s Office at (270) 685-8434 and then choose option #1. To contact Daviess County PVA, call (270) 685-8474.

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