CROWN POINT | There is a swift, if not entirely painless, way for Lake County property owners to pay their taxes this fall.
Treasurer John Petalas said the deadline for paying the second and final 2012 installment is Nov. 13.
He said 11 local banks have agreed to accept property tax payments at their branch offices.
"Taxpayers can pay with ease and no delays" provided they have no questions or problems with how their bill was calculated, he said.
The banks are American Savings FSB, Centier Bank, Chase Bank, Citizens Financial Bank, DeMotte State Bank, BMO Harris Bank N.A., Horizon Bank, Lake Federal Bank FSB, MainSource Bank, Peoples Bank and Tech Credit Union.
Property owners who need more assistance should go the treasurer's offices in the Lake County Government Complex, 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point, or the satellite county courthouses at 401 Broadway in Gary and 232 Russell St. in Hammond.
Petals said his staff cannot accept credit card payments in person, but people can use major credit cards for tax payments by going to www.lakecountyin.org .
A fee is charged by the credit card company, not county government, for the online payment service. He said residents also can use the cheaper e-check system.
Petalas warns residents to be patient if they call his office with questions as the deadline approaches. The office generally is swamped by hundreds of callers at that time and callers often are put on hold for an extensive period, he said.