Clay County Auditor Joe Dierdorf and Clay County Treasurer Jack Withers suggest property owners make tax payments based on last year's spring installment. The payment will be credited on the November bill and adjustments will be made.
"It would be beneficial to the county and the taxpayers as such, to pay the spring installment of what they paid last year," Withers said.
Reassessment has delayed the property tax process throughout the state when it switched to a fair market valuation and new software, making all property tax bills due in one installment Nov. 10.
Both men recently attended a state conference for auditors and treasurers and learned five counties in Indiana completed property tax reassessment, even with the delays.
"Marion, Hamilton, Vanderburg, Monroe and Wells counties announced at the meeting that they've completed their tax reassessments. Hamilton has doubled its parcel size in the last two years and barely has enough office space or personnel, yet taxes are done there," Dierdorf said.
According to a 2002 booklet distributed by the Association of Indiana Counties, populations for the counties are as follows: Marion - 860,454; Hamilton - 182, 740; Vanderburg - 171,922; Monroe - 120,563; Wells 27,600.
Clay County's population stands at 26,565.
Although he doesn't think the county will have to borrow money, Clay Community School Corporation is borrowing approximately $7 million. Dierdorf fears property owners might spend the money they would have used for their taxes and forget about the later deadline.
Taxpayers wishing to make their first installment should bring their "A" copy of last year's spring tax statement with them to the treasurer's office. It can be done without the copy, but it will take more time as office workers will have to look up the information.
Anyone needing more information regarding their property tax statements can call the Clay County Treasurer's Office at 448-9009.
Once the assessor's office has completed reassessments, the assessed values will be given to the auditor's office. Information will then be verified with the appropriate assigned tax rate and must then be approved by the state before being sent to the treasurer's office. That office will need to update codes, apply advance tax payments, print statements, stuff and mail envelopes.