CROWN POINT | Lake County Treasurer John Petalas reminds local property owners the deadline for paying the first installment of this year's property tax is May 25.
Bills can be paid at the treasurer's offices at the Lake County Government Complex, 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point, and the satellite county courthouses at 401 Broadway in Gary and 232 Russell St. in Hammond.
Payments also can be made at any branch offices of these financial institutions: American Savings FSB, American Trust & Savings Bank, Centier, Chase Bank, Citizens Financial Bank, DeMotte State Bank, First Federal Savings and Loan, First Midwest, First National Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Horizon, Lake Federal Bank, Main Source Bank, National City, Peoples Bank, PNC Bank and Tech Federal Credit Union's Indiana branches.
Petalas said any taxpayers who have a problem with the amount of their bill shouldn't go to the banks, but rather his offices. He asks that people who call his office in the days before the deadline be patient because his staff must field several hundred calls per hour during this period.
Property owners can pay by credit card online by logging on at the county government website at www.lakecountyin.org and then clicking on the treasurer's office link. Petalas said property owners also can use the Voice Max payment system by calling (800) 601-1059. Credit cards are not accepted in his office.
Petalas said a nonrefundable, 3 percent fee is charged by the credit card company, not county government, in addition to taxes owed to process the payment. He said taxpayers can avoid the 3 percent fee by using an echeck, which costs 75 cents per transaction.