Wayne County taxpayers have about a month remaining in which to pay their 2017 property taxes without being delinquent.

Property taxes are due Sept. 1, but people have until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.

A 2-percent penalty will be added to bills not paid by the Jan. 5 deadline.

An additional three-quarters of a percent will be added at the first of each following month to any outstanding balance until the bill is paid in full.

There are several payment options:

* In person at the tax office on the first floor of the Wayne County Courthouse Annex or left in a drop box located on the Ormond Avenue side of the courthouse.

* Online or by phone, but both those options carry a fee collected by the company that provides the service. The county does not receive any revenue from the fee.

* Remove the bottom portion of the bill, write a check and mail it in.

Bills that are mailed must be postmarked no later than Jan. 5 by the postal service. Office postal marks are not valid to show that the mailing met the deadline.

For more information, contact the Wayne County Tax Office at 919-731-1478 or

919-731-1461.