The date for 2004 taxes has been set for Clay County, reports County Auditor Joe Dierdorf and County Treasurer Jack Withers.
Once again, Clay County will have one collection date for this year's taxes. Due to delays in tax assessments, there was no spring collection in May. Taxpayers should receive their statements beginning Sept. 13. Both installments for 2004 will be due by Nov. 10.
"With the delays in the certification of assessed valuations, there was no way we could bill the spring installment in a timely fashion," Dierdorf said in a prepared statement. "Considering the work involved after the tax deadline each collection, it is far more efficient and less costly to the county to have one collection once again."
"We will mail the statements beginning Sept. 13," said Withers. "The taxes will be due, in full, on Nov. 10."
Taxpayers will have about six weeks to make their payments from the time they receive their statements, approximately a month longer than usual.
Both Withers and Dierdorf noted that any unpaid taxes from last year that were collected this past March are delinquent, but carried no penalty due to a request from the Auditor and Treasurer and granted by the County Council. Any taxes from last spring that are still delinquent, beginning Nov. 11, as well as taxes from this fall that will be delinquent on that date will be assessed the 10 percent penalty.