As 2012 begins, Lawrence County Collector Kelli McVey is pleased with the number of tax returns received by Dec. 31.
"We average 92 percent of taxes paid by year's end," McVey said.
Real estate valuations rose slightly while personal property assessments dropped.
Over 35,000 tax statements were mailed out to Lawrence County residents at the end of October. Of those, 19,643 were for real estate taxes, 15,608 were for personal property taxes and 423 were to utilities and railroads.
A total of 20,869 or 59 percent of taxes mailed out had been returned by the Thursday prior to the New Year's holiday.
A total of 400 new assessments were received in the weeks prior to the deadline, resulting in penalty assessments to those who failed to return the documents last March.
McVey said about 5 percent of the county's residents were delinquent on 2010 personal property taxes, 3 percent delinquent for 2009 and another 2 percent delinquent for 2008.
He also reported that 5 percent were behind in paying 2010 real estate taxes and 2 percent were delinquent for 2009. For 2008, only six properties remained unsold at public auction.
"Everyone seems to be in a pretty good mood," McVey said. "We've had very few complaints concerning the changes in our billing; people thinking it was harder to read. Overall, it's been a pretty good season."