As 2013 begins, collectors for both Lawrence and Barry counties are pleased with the pace of payments in the current tax cycle.
"We average about 92 percent of taxes paid by year's end," said Lawrence County Collector Kelli McVey, looking at the number of tax returns received by Dec. 27.
Over 36,000 tax statements were mailed out to Lawrence County residents at the end of October. Of those, 19,674 were for real estate taxes, 15,426 were for personal property taxes and over 400 were to utilities and railroads.
A total of 18,544 or 52 percent of taxes mailed out had been returned by the Thursday prior to the New Year's holiday.
McVey said about 9 percent of the county's residents were delinquent on 2011 real estate and personal property taxes.
"Everyone seems to be in a pretty good mood," McVey said. "Overall, it's been a pretty good season."
In Barry County, Janice Varner, collector, reported 42,003 statements mailed out. Of those, 25,928 were for real estate taxes, 16,075 were for personal property taxes.
So far, the county has received $9,746,057.03 in tax payments for 2012.
"This year, we changed our statement to an eight-and-a-half by 11 format," Varner said. "People seem to like the change. We've had a lot of good comments about them."