Clay County Auditor Joe Dierdorf said he anticipates that it may be February before county residents will be billed and have to pay their 2002 due in 2003 property taxes.
"We can only anticipate and can't give an exact time," Dierdorf said. "We don't have total control of the process."
According to the Department of Local Government Finance, as of Dec. 2, 2003, 59 of Indiana's 92 counties have mailed tax bills.
Besides Clay, other West Central counties that have not yet mailed their tax bills include Putnam, Green and Vermillion. Vigo County residents started receiving their statements Tuesday.
Residents are still encouraged to pay their '02 due in '03 taxes by the end of this year using last years rates. They must be paid by Dec. 31, 2003, to be used as a state or federal income tax deduction.
Residents are reminded that the first installment of the 2003 due in 2004 taxes will come due in May. Paying '02s taxes now can help prevent a financial burden many may face by waiting.
"This has been an abnormal year for everybody in the state," Dierdorf said.