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Lake County taxpayers

Lake taxpayers lining up at the treasurer's office in 2015.

CROWN POINT — Residents of Hammond and Lowell will see a bump in their 2018 tax statements, which are being mailed out this week.

Lake County Treasurer Peggy Katona said more than 200,000 bills, coming due next month, are one their way.

About 40 percent are sent to financial institutions handling the escrow accounts that pay taxes for homeowners on mortgages. The rest will be arriving in local mailboxes.

Mike Wieser, director of finance for the county assessor's office, said the average taxpayers won't seen large changes in their bills from last year — with two exceptions.

He said Hammond residents will see a nominal increase as a result of last year's referendum, where voters agreed to raise property taxes to pay an additional 44 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to augment the School City of Hammond's student instructional budget.

Voters also agreed to pay nearly 36 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to build a new high school to replace Hammond High and renovate Eggers Middle, Scott Middle/High, Clark Middle/High, Gavit Middle/High and Morton High schools and renovate 13 elementary schools.

Hobart voters also passed a referendum for the School City of Hobart last year, Wieser said, but it will be revenue-neutral, so that increase won't be reflected in this year's tax bills.

Wieser said residents of the town of Lowell will see their stormwater fees moved this year to their property tax bill.

Lowell Town Councilman Chris Salatas Jr. said the fees were previously paid by home and business owners on their monthly utility bill, but starting this year they are being charged in one lump sum annually on the county bill.

He said the amount of the residential fee will remain unchanged at $84 a year, but the town hopes to collect more fees, since the tax bills will also go to the owners of vacant and undeveloped lots.

He said the town is continually using the stormwater fees to improve stormwater retention ponds, underground stormwater lines and clean out the Powell Ditch to more quickly remove excess rain from streets and yards.

Katona said the first of this year's two installment payments are due in her office no later than May 10. The second will be due Nov. 12.

Katona said residents can bring their bills to her offices 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 2293 N. Main St. in Crown Point, 232 Russell St. in Hammond and 400 Broadway in Gary.

In Lake County, taxpayers who don't have questions or concerns about their bills also can pay at these bank branches: American Community Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Centier Bank, DeMotte State Bank, Dyer Bank & Trust, First Financial Bank, First Merchants Bank, First Midwest Bank, Horizon Bank, MainSource Bank, Peoples Bank and the Indiana branch offices of Tech Federal Credit Union.

You may pay your taxes online beginning Tuesday by visiting http://in-lake-treasurer2.governmax.com/collectmax/collect30.asp.

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Lake County’s 2018/2017 Property Tax rates

Taxing District 2018 rate 2017 rate

Calumet Township 4.4163 4.1252

Calumet Township Gary Sanitary 4.4163 4.1252

Lake Ridge School 8.401 7.8939

Gary School 7.8535 7.6929

Lake Station Calumet Twp. 5.8908 4.8932

Griffith Calumet Twp 3.2353 3.4738

Cedar Creek Township 2.0271 1.9617

Lowell Cedar Creek Twp. 2.8273 2.7248

Eagle Creek Township 1.9466 1.8886

Hanover Township 2.3959 2.3724

Cedar Lake Hanover Twp. 2.9702 3.0502

St. John Hanover Twp. 2.8897 2.8722

Hobart Township 3.2252 3.1756

Gary Hobart Twp River Forest School 7.4965 7.2021

Hobart Twp Hobart City School 3.7308 3.5086

Hobart City and School & Gary Sanitary 3.7308 3.5086

Lake Station River Forest School 5.6906 5.4015

Lake Station Lake Station School 5.6077 4.692

New Chicago 4.2172 4.1438

Hammond 5.7787 5.0975

East Chicago 4.3664 4.6205

Whiting 3.6765 3.5594

Highland 3.0097 2.9938

Munster 3.536 3.4992

Ross Township 1.9911 1.8716

Crown Point Ross Twp 2.5922 2.5103

Merrillville 2.5188 2.3756

Merrillville Gary Sanitary 2.5188 2.3756

St. John Township 1.7356 1.7043

Griffith St. John Twp. 2.6338 2.6842

Dyer 2.3814 2.4247

St. John 2.2283 2.2153

Schererville 2.1823 2.1909

West Creek Township 1.9428 1.8826

Lowell West Creek Twp. 2.8021 2.7017

Schneider 3.4404 3.2715

Center Township 2.2972 2.3122

Crown Point Center Twp. 2.9342 2.9869

Cedar Lake Center Twp. 2.8515 2.9736

Winfield Township 2.3077 2.3234

Hobart Township River Forest School 4.345 4.2595

Hobart Ross Twp. 2.9791 2.8233

Winfield 2.48 2.5294

Winfield Water District 2.5531 2.5935

St. John Water District 1.7827 1.7543

Crown Point St. John Twp. 2.3915 2.4066

Cedar Lake West Creek Twp. 2.5697 2.616

Cedar Lake Cedar Creek Twp. 2.5949 2.6391

St. John Center Twp. 2.8272 2.8478

Source: Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

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Lake County Reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.