VALPARAISO | Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko is taking advantage of a recent change in state law that he helped implement that allows property owners to set up a payment plan and avoid the upcoming tax sale.
Property owners who are three installments behind in paying their taxes can meet with Bucko to work out a "mutually satisfactory arrangement" for payment of delinquent taxes, penalties, interest and all other costs, he said.
"There is no waiver of anything," Bucko said.
Before the new law took effect July 1, property owners were required to pay all delinquent taxes and costs before the tax sale to avoid being included, he said.
Property owners, who are being notified by mail of their delinquent tax status, have until Oct. 6 to work out a payment schedule and complete payment by June 20, Bucko said. The size of the required down payment will grow as the Oct. 17 tax sale approaches.
There were 725 parcels on the tax sale list as of Wednesday, though that number changes daily, according to the county auditor's office. All types of property can be on the list.
The change in state law gives county treasurers across Indiana the option of adopting the payment plan, Bucko said. Bucko began working on language in the law after taking office in 2010.
If a delinquent taxpayer fails to make a payment under the new arrangement, the agreement will become void and the property will be added to the tax sale list, according to Bucko. The owner also will be forbidden from entering into another arrangement for five years from the date of when the original deal would have expired, he said.