VALPARAISO | Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko announced Tuesday his office is preparing for a fall tax sale, but delinquent property taxpayers can avoid the cost of that process by setting up a payment plan now.
Those who failed to pay the first round of their property taxes by the May 10 deadline, will be notified by certified mail in August that their properties are scheduled to be part of the Oct. 29 sale, he said.
Delinquent taxpayers may be able to avoid the tax sale by arranging a extended payment plan with the treasurer's office, Bucko said. The payment plan will include the taxes owed, along with penalties.
"This is not an alternative to the annual payment method," he said.
Taxpayers who make a down payment and make all monthly payments on or before the 10th of each month may be removed from the tax sale list, Bucko said. Late payments will result in the agreement being voided.
Debt sold during the fall tax sale will compound the amount owed by 10 percent, he said.
For more information, contact the treasurer's office at (219) 465-3470.