"We're just starting to print the forms as of today. We are shooting to have them in the mail by the end of the month," interim Clay County Treasurer C.R. Boyd said Monday. "But, we do have the bill information here and people can stop by and pay them now if they want to."
If waiting in line is not an option, there is a new way for local residents to pay property taxes this year, according to first-deputy treasurer Debbie James.
"Freedom Pay is offered to county treasurers at no cost in the state,"_James said. "It's a secure, Internet-based payment service provided by Certified IT."
Residents may choose to log on to the website www.claytax.net to pay their property tax bills online for a small fee with a credit card. If Internet service is not available, local residents may call 1-800-809-5849 to take advantage of the service.
James said the cost of using the service is 2.75 percent of the total tax bill.
Boyd said that area residents will need to pay their property tax statements on or before Nov. 13 to avoid any penalities.