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Property-tax bills coming to mailboxes soon

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By VINCE LUECKE
Editor

TELL CITY – Snow showers this week made it feel more like winter, but one sign of spring – the arrival of property-tax statements – is right around the corner.

Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed April 4 and should arrive in the following days, County Treasurer Judy Pund said. As in year’s past, 2014 statements include spring and fall installments as well as notices of property-tax assessment for each parcel. The forms include a wealth of information, such as property address, parcel number and taxing district – city, town or township – as well as assessed values of the property and eligible deductions. The forms also give a summary of taxes paid last year and a breakdown of how the amounts due will and have been distributed to county, township, school district and library coffers.

Current and past-year tax rates are also included on the form.
Since May 10, the usual deadline for paying installments, falls on a Saturday this year, taxpayers will have until Monday, May 12, to make their payments.

Taxpayers can make payments in person at the treasurer’s office in the county courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or they can mail payments to the address listed on statements. Mailed payments must be postmarked May 12 or earlier to be considered on time without being subject to a late penalty.

A dropbox outside the courthouse is available for after-hours payments. No cash should be placed in the dropbox. Payments can also be made at Old National Bank, Fifth Third Bank and German American Bank, in person at the courthouse, online or over the telephone using a debit or credit card.

To pay property taxes by debit or credit card, visit http://www.paygov.us or call (866) 480-8552. Convenience fees will be charged by the company processing all debit and credit card payments. Payments made in person will be charged an extra 3 percent, Internet payments will see an extra 3.95 percent and payments made over the phone will pay 4.95 percent convenience fees. Master Card, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

The offices of treasurer, auditor, assessor and recorder will be open from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 to accept payments.

Once the bills have been mailed out, property owners have 45 days to make an appeal.  Contact the assessor’s office at 547-5531 for more information on the appeals process.

For more information on tax bills, call the treasurer’s office at 547-4816.