Notice Regarding County Use Tax  
Knox County, Missouri previously adopted a use tax, which is currently in effect. A use tax is the equivalent of a sales tax on purchases made from out-of-state vendors by in-state buyers and on certain taxable business transactions. The use tax rate for Knox County is currently 2.5 percent which is equal to the total local sales tax rate. Certain purchases from out-of-state vendors will become subject to an expansion of the use tax effective on January 1, 2023, as provided by state law.

If any local sales tax is repealed or the rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be deemed to be repealed, reduced, or raised by the same action.

I, Marlene Spory, County Clerk for Knox County, Missouri, do hereby certify that the foregoing is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, correct. Date this 27th day of August 2021.

Sever Lake Permits Now ONLINE!!! (6-29-21)  
Sever Lake Camping and Hunting Permits are now available online.
To make reservations at the Baring North Sever Lake:Click Here.

To make reservations at the Hurdland South Sever Lake :Click Here.
For questions call Luther Green 660-216-0146 or email:

On May 31st, 2013 the Knox County Commission passed Ordinance No. 2013-01. This ordinance governs the use of the Hurdland and Baring Sever Recreational Areas. The ordinance prohibits the use of firearms and fireworks. Camping, archery hunting, and trapping are allowed, but by permit only from the Knox County Commission. Permits may be obtained in the Knox County Commissioners' office on Monday thru Friday from the hours of 8:30 a.m.- noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.

A complete copy of this ordinance and maps of the Hurdland and Baring Sever Recreational Areas can be found on our Documents page:Documents
For a listing of Missouri Conservation Areas open to the public for firearm season please go to our Area Information page:
Local Emergency Management News  
Effective November 14, 2012, the National Incident Management System template is the official emergency management system for Knox County and its supporting emergency response organizations. This template establishes common terminology and structures that will standardize emergency response within the county, as well as coordination with neighboring counties and state-level agencies. The Knox County Emergency Management Director (or Presiding Commissioner in his absence) is responsible for oversight and training management programs in support of this initiative. This decree has no expiration date.
CAFO Ordinance and Amendment Posted  
The CAFO Ordinance and Amendment have been posted in our Documents area: