Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko announced on Thursday that delinquent
personal property taxes for years 2005 and 2008 will be sought after by the
county, including the accumulated delinquent penalty costs, costs of the
collection service and the accumulated interest.
The delinquencies amount to approximately $1.2 million for each of the two
certified years plus the penalties and collection costs.
The process will be conducted by American Financial Credit Services group in
Indianapolis who will be the county’s representative in the collection
Bucko said all communications, payments and payment types will be processed
through AFCS and handled in a professional matter. The process complies with
all requirements set forth by the Indiana State Board of Accounts.
This delinquent tax, which comes from property taxes that were billed in
2005 and were certified by the courts both in 2005 and 2008, is owed by
mobile home owners, businesses, utilities, railroads and individuals who had
not paid during this period.
Bucko said the taxes went ignored by taxpayers because the treasurers in the
past were not aggressive in collecting those delinquencies. He said the
Treasurer is not a popular official during the process but nonetheless, the
state law requires the process be carried out.
Much like the property tax sale that took place in October, Bucko said the
action lets taxpayers know that he is actively seeking delinquencies and he
hopes the process can be put into place so that it will be followed by
future county treasurers.
Bucko said there are records in his office that were filed all the way to
1998. Each year the oldest year would be written off by the county according
to Indiana Code as uncollectable.
The delinquencies being sought today are much “colder” than in the years
they had been certified.
The collection, Bucko said, will only be partially successful. He hopes the
county will be able to collect half the amount or close to $1 million.
The service by AFCS has been available to the county since 2004 but had not
been approved by the county commissioners until this year.
Bucko said he will go after delinquent properties from years 2007 through
2009 at the start of next year.