Rates bills letters delay costs £40,000
Sending out letters to tell ratepayers their bills have been delayed due to the Stormont crisis has cost Land and Property Services more than £40,000.
The figure does not include the postage costs.
The rates process has been hit by Stormont's failure to agree a budget for 2017/2018.
"The approximate cost for stationery, data handling and printing is £43,582 for the issue of 581,102 letters," a Finance Department spokesperson said.
"Land and Property Services is not currently in a position to provide a cost for postage until the mailing has been completed."
Direct debit payments - currently made by about 270,000 people or businesses - will not be taken until after bills have been dispatched.
Normally, annual rates payments are spread over 10 months, from April to January.
A budget for 2017/2018 has not yet been agreed because of the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly.