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How to pay property tax bill

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Porter County property owners may pay their taxes by personal or business check, cashierís check, money order or cash. Payment can be done by mail, in person at the Treasurerís office, or online through the Countyís website, www.porterco.org.

Instructions on how to pay can be found on the back of the tax bill and an included insert will tell how to write out the check.

If paying by mail, do not send payments to the returned address seen on the envelope. Instead, mail payment to P.O. Box 2140, Valparaiso, IN 46384-2150.

Cancelled checks can act as receipts for taxpayers or the Treasurerís Office will send a receipt if the taxpayer provides a self-addressed, stamped envelope when they mail their tax bill.

Payments will be considered late if not received with an official USPS postmark or a USPS meter mark of May 12, 2014 or before.

Electronic payments may be made up to 11:59:59 p.m. at www.porterco.org. The tax information can be found on the lower left of the webpage and click on ďPay My Tax Bill.Ē Directions will lead the taxpayer through the process.

E-check is free and credit card or debit cards are charged 2.5 percent by the bank offering the service. Online payment can save time and a receipt will be available right away. Be sure to have money in the account when paying or an active card to be on time.

To pay in person go to the Porter County Administration Building at 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, except holidays. The building will be closed on April 18 for Good Friday and May 6 for Primary Election Day.

A table will be set up in the rotunda to have transactions be inspected by the Treasurerís office and staff will be there to get taxpayers in the correct line or to the proper office if they have questions.

Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko advises the taxpayer to have their check made out before they arrive so they can get in and out quickly. Bucko said check payments are processed the next day so the taxpayer should make sure to have the money in their account to avoid a delinquent check charge and late penalties.

The Treasurerís Office will have a red drop box in the rotunda on the right side of the elevator for check payments only. No cash will be accepted. The office will also provide envelopes and nothing will be needed on the outside of the envelope if using the drop box.

The checks will be processed as on-time payment right up to the time the building closes in the evening.

For more information call the Treasurerís office at (219)-465-3470 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Posted 4/11/2014