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Treasurer tells how to avoid being on list for Porter County tax sale

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The deadline for Spring 2013 tax bills has come and gone and preparation for conducting a tax sale begins.

Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko said that taxpayers who have not paid taxes due from May 10, 2012 or before may find themselves subject to tax sale on Oct. 29, 2013.

SRI of Indianapolis is conducting the tax sale for the county and will notify taxpayers via certified mail in August followed by a first class notice mailed in early October for those who have not responded to the certified mailing.

A non-refundable fee of $100 that covers advertising costs and SRIís fees will be applied to each certified delinquent taxpayer.

Bucko said delinquent taxpayers should know they may be eligible to be placed on a tax sale payment plan which provides an extended time period to pay but all delinquent taxes and all penalties are collected. This is not an alternative to the annual payment method but you may be eligible, said Bucko.

Taxpayers on a payment plan will remain on the tax sale list and be advertised three consecutive times beginning in September. Once certified the only way to prevent being advertised is to pay the amount owed in full prior to the deadline for advertising.

If a payment plan is created and the taxpayer has made their down payment and all monthly payments on or before the tenth day of each month due up to and including October 10, 2013 without fail they may be removed from the tax sale list, Bucko said. Late payments are not allowed and will void the agreement.

Call the Treasurerís Office at 219-465-3470 for an appointment Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays with the Treasurer or his Chief Deputy Treasurer at 155 Indiana Ave. Suite 209 in Valparaiso.





Posted 6/20/2013