Porter County residents will be delivered their “on-time” 2010 property tax
bills this week to their home or office, says Porter County Treasurer Mike
Residents will be able to pay their bills by mail, in person, using the drop
box located outside the treasurer’s office or online by using the county’s
Included with the bills will be the Pink Homestead Credit Information Form.
Those wanting homestead credits should send their forms directly to the
Porter County Auditor’s office. Do not send homestead credit forms with tax
payments. If homestead credit forms are not received, taxpayers could lose
their homestead credit on their taxes.
Taxpayers paying their bill by mail send their payments to: Porter County
Treasurer, P.O. Box 11357, South Bend, IN, 46634. Cancelled checks will act
as receipts for taxpayers and the checks will get back to the bank much
sooner than in past years, Bucko said.
The treasurer’s office asks that payments not be sent by Federal Express,
UPS, or Express Mail. The P.O. Box cannot be signed for. First Source Bank
will be processing the payments and the local Porter County bank will be
handling the treasurer’s lock box service.
It is asked that taxpayers do not mail their checks directly to the Porter
County Administration Building.
For those wishing to pay in-person, the county treasurer’s office is open
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Porter County
Administration Building (155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso). The treasurer’s
office will make sure you have the right bill payment coupon, pre-stamp and
date check, put your tax bill Duplicate Number in the memo line, and ask
that your telephone number is on the check.
There will be three separate lines this year to pay tax bills. Line 1 will
be for those wanting to pay by check only and needing no consultation. Line
2 will be for taxpayers wanting consultation and payment can be by check,
cash or money order. Line 3 will be for cash only without consultation.
“Our first goal is to move the line for those who want to get in and get out
but feel they need to pay in person, while providing the customer service
needed for those having difficulties,” said Bucko.
The treasurer’s office will have a drop box for checks only. Checks need to
have the taxpayer’s name, address and telephone number on them. Those
wanting a receipt are asked to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope
with their checks. Cancelled checks can still act as receipts.
Porter County Assessor John Scott said there will be someone from the
assessor’s office at the county administration building to take questions
taxpayers may have about their assessed values. Scott said the assessor’s
office is not responsible for the tax rates but will explain to taxpayers
where their assessed values are coming from.
Taxpayers wishing to pay online are directed to go to the county website,
www.porterco.org, and click on the Tax Information tab. There have been new
enhancements made to the Tax Information Web page that allows taxpayers to
view their records with no limits or fees.
Porter County Director of Information Technology Sharon Lippens played the
pivotal role in making this website happen and getting it at an affordable
price for the citizens of Porter County, said Bucko.
Bucko also said the project might be the Treasurer’s website but it is the
people’s tool where taxpayers, realtors, escrow companies, bankers, and
title companies can access county tax records from anywhere in the world
Payments can be made using VISA, Master Card or Discover credit cards or by
E-check. Those paying by credit card should know that Chase Bank applies a
convenience charge of 2.5 percent for the service.
The E-check option requires a $1 convenience charge per tax bill payment.
E-check will pay for your bill by taking the money out or your checking or
“With gas prices today and the cost of your time, E-check is the least
expensive way to pay your taxes,” said Bucko.
Taxpayers are asked to look on the back of their bill payment coupon for
more details on how to pay their tax bills.
Bucko said he, Scott, and Porter County Auditor Jim Kopp along with their
staffs worked hard and collaboratively to make the bills on time this year.
Bucko said he will try to make the payment process efficient and quick for
“When I ran for office, I said, ‘I can’t promise to make paying taxes
enjoyable but I can make it easier,’” he said.
The first installment of the 2010 property tax bills are due to the state by
May 10. There will be a second installment in the fall due on November 10.