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It's tax time

Taxpayers line up for payments at the Lake County Treasurer's Office.

The Lake, Porter and LaPorte County treasurers are reminding Northwest Indiana residents they have until Nov. 13 to pay their 2018 property taxes.

Their offices in Crown Point, Gary, Hammond, LaPorte and Valparaiso will be closed Monday Nov. 12 in observance of Veteran's Day.

The Porter County Treasurer's office, 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 209, Valparaiso will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

The LaPorte County Treasurer's office, 555 Michigan Avenue, Suite 102, LaPorte, will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13.

Lake County Treasurer Peggy Katona said her regular office hours this week are between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday at 2293 N. Main St. in Crown Point, 232 Russell St. in Hammond and 400 Broadway in Gary.

She said they will have extended hours Nov. 13, opening 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Katona warns those trying to call her offices in the final days before the fall installment deadline that call volume typically increases and wait times can be long. She suggests those who have questions or problems with their taxes should visit her offices in person.

Lake County property owners also can also pay their property taxes with credit cards on the Treasurer's web page at www.lakecountyin.org. She said her office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover over the telephone and in person at her offices in Crown Point, Gary and Hammond.

There is an additional fee for using the credit card service of 2.85 percent. That fee is kept by the credit card processor, not the treasurer.

Lake County taxpayers can also 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.

All tax payments at bank branches have to be made in cash or by check. They won't be offering extended hours or accept credit cards for tax payments.

Katona said those who pay by mail need to have their letter postmarked no later than Nov. 13. She said taxpayers should check with their post offices to determine the deadline for that postmark.

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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.