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The spring installment of property taxes is due today. The Starke County Treasurer’s office will be open until 4 p.m. to accept payments. They can also be left in the drop box outside the office in the annex building. Payments left there before 8 a.m. tomorrow will be considered timely.
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Property tax statements are due today in the Starke County Treasurer’s Office.
Treasurer Linda Belork stated that the tax deadline was extended to Nov. 13 because the normal tax deadline day, Nov. 10, fell on a Saturday. Also affecting the deadline was the fact that yesterday was Veterans Day and the office was closed, so today is the official deadline for tax payments.
You may take your payment to the office or drop it in the outside drop off box to avoid being delinquent. If you mail in your taxes, make sure it is stamped with today’s date on it or it will be counted delinquent. If you have any questions, call the treasurer’s office at (574) 772-9111.
Those making property tax payments will have until Nov. 13 to pay the fall installment. Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork explains the situation.
“Normally our tax deadline is Nov. 10, but the 10th falls on a Saturday and we’re not open,” explained Belork. “Monday is a Veteran’s Day holiday so the Commissioners have closed the building. So, our normal tax day this year will be Nov. 13.”
There is an outdoor drop box where you can drop off your property tax payments. As long as you have the payment in that box or in the office on or before Nov. 13, you will not be counted as delinquent.
For more questions, call the Starke County Treasurer’s Office at 772-9111.
With the Starke County Treasurer’s Office once again open and ready to receive payments, Treasurer Linda Belork wants to remind Starke County residents that tax payments are due in just over a week.
Though there was some confusion in the treasurer’s office in October when the Starke County Commissioners closed the office after Belork was reinstated to her position, Belork explained that tax payments have been coming in at a steady pace. She said a lot of people have been calling the office to ensure they are, in fact, open, and others have resorted to using the outside night drop as well, allowing taxpayers to make payments on the weekend and after hours.
Starke County Auditor, Michaelene Houston, reminds property owners that they have until the end of the year to file for property tax deductions.
Deduction applications must be completed and dated by December 31st, 2010 and filed with the Auditor’s office for the taxpayer to receive the eligible deductions on 2011 property tax bills. In addition to meeting all other eligibility requirements for the desired deductions, the applicant for the deduction must own or be buying the property under contract on the date the application is filed in order to receive the deduction.
Specific questions about property tax deduction eligibility should be directed to the County Auditor’s office. Call 772-9101, 772-9102, 772-9103 or 772-9104 for assistance.