Thursday, October 23, 2014

5 things to know about paying property taxes

The deadline to pay your property taxes is May 12. Here are five things you should know about the process.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:27 p.m.

1. Due dates

If you haven't paid your property tax bill yet, you've still got some time. The spring installments of property tax bills are due May 12, 2014. The fall installments are due November 10, 2014. Bills were sent out from the Elkhart County Treasurer's Office in mid-April.

2. How to pay

There are several ways to pay property taxes. Banks accepting payment include Lake City Bank, 1st Source, First State Bank of Middlebury, Talmer West, Interra Credit Union and Old National Bank. Payment can also be made online. 

Taxpayers can view, see the payment status, print or pay their bills online at No registration is required. There is a 2.95% convenience fee if paying by credit or debit card. Paying by e-check will incur a charge of .95 cents. 

For those without computer access, there's a public computer at the treasurer's office that can be used to view the status and payment history of property parcels. 

3. Penalties

If a payment is missed by the deadline but paid off within 30 days, the penalty is 5 percent. If payments are delinquent after 30 days, the penalty increases to 10 percent. Late payments for property that has previous outstanding delinquencies will be fined 10 percent the day after the due date.

4. How property taxes are used

In 2012, the county received $189,511,601 in property taxes, according to data from the state. Schools received 46 percent of that, cities and towns received 24.3 percent, the county received 15.6 percent, TIF districts received 6.2 percent and townships and libraries each received 3.9 percent.

5. Need more info?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page at the Elkhart County Treasurer webpage at

Information supplied from the Elkhart County Treasurer's Office.

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