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Kootenai County: Stay home, but don't forget about your taxes

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is asking people to stay home Friday to make room for road and emergency crews.

Drifting snow is covering roads across the county, and "crews don’t believe that they will be able to keep up with the drifting throughout the night," according to a news release.

Road conditions are worse up north, prompting the sheriff's department to urge travelers to stay off the roads.

"Travelers should consider staying the night in a motel or hotel if they have more than a short distance to go yet this evening," Capt. Ben Wolfinger said in a news release.

All schools in the county will be closed Friday, as well as non-essential county offices. But that won't get you out of paying your taxes on time: Property taxes are still due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday. Tax payers can mail their taxes, drop them by any U.S. Bank location in Kootenai County or bring them to the treasurer’s office on Monday.

The sheriff's department urges citizens to keep fire hydrants clear and said non-emergency calls may be delayed more than 24 hours.

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