Pulaski County Council Continues Discussing Tax Hike to Balance Reassessment Budget

Pulaski County Auditor Laura Wheeler, Council President Jay Sullivan, and Assessor Holly VanDerAa look over VanDerAa’s proposed 2019 budget Wednesday.

A tax increase would still be needed to balance Pulaski County’s Reassessment budget, but it may not have to be as large as originally thought. Assessor Holly VanDerAa discussed several budget concerns during the county council’s public hearing on the 2019 budget Wednesday.

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Pulaski County Council May Look at Property Taxes to Resolve Budget Shortfalls

The Pulaski County Council is working to make sure the maintenance department has enough money to pay its part-time employees through the end of the year. Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Johnston reminded council members Monday that they’d cut money for part-time pay when they put together this year’s budget. “You guys, at that time, told me to come back halfway through the year and request enough to cover the rest of the year,” he explained. “It’s for $30,016 for Part-Time Help.”

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Oregon-Davis School Officials Look to the Future Following Results of Referendum Tax Levy

Now that the Oregon-Davis School referendum tax levy has passed, school officials are evaluating various aspects of how the corporation is run in order to ensure the additional revenue will be spent practically and proficiently.

Superintendent Dr. Don Harman said officials are assessing staffing, programs and everything about the corporation’s operations in order to prioritize needs. Continue reading

Real Estate Taxes Due Today

This is a quick reminder to Starke County residents that real estate taxes are due today.

Tax payment drop off locations include 1st Farmers Bank, Demotte St Bank and 1st Source Bank in Knox, 1st Famers Bank and Bank of Monterey in North Judson or Bank of Monterey in Monterey.

There is also a drop box outside of the Starke County Treasurer’s Office in Knox. Payments can be dropped off with a self-addressed stamped envelope so a receipt can be sent. Individuals are advised to bring their statements with them for faster service.

Direct any further questions to the Treasurer’s Office at 772-9111 extension 3.

Spring Property Tax Installments Due Monday


The deadline to pay the spring installment of property taxes is looming.

The Starke County Treasurer’s office will be open until 4 p.m. CT today to accommodate taxpayers in making that payment on time. The last day that tax bills can be paid without a penalty is Monday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. Fall installments may also be paid at the same time, if desired.

Payments may be left in the drop box outside the treasurer’s office in Starke County Annex Building in Knox. If the staff receives the payment in the drop box before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, no penalty will be assessed.

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Marshall County Treasurer’s Office Extends Hours for Property Tax Collections


Marshall County Treasurer Penny Lukenbill requested the extension of business hours to accommodate the payment of property taxes this spring and fall.

Lukenbill told the commissioners that the auditor delivered the tax duplicate to the treasurer’s office last week. The tax bills are now being created to be mailed out to taxpayers.

Lukenbill requested that the treasurer’s office be open on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. She also asked that hours be extended on Friday, May 8 and Monday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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Property Taxes Due Today


Property taxes are due today in the Starke County Treasurer’s Office.

Treasurer Kasey Clark said you may visit the office on the ground floor of the Starke County Annex building Monday today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make a payment. A drop box is also available outside the office. If you taxes are postmarked with today’s date, they will be accepted.

Property taxes may also be paid online at www.starketax.net. Follow the instructions carefully.

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Property Taxes Due Nov. 10


Property taxes are due soon in the Starke County Treasurer’s Office.

Treasurer Kasey Clark told WKVI News that taxes are due in her office on Monday, Nov. 10.

Taxpayers may mail those payments or visit the office on the ground floor of the Starke County Annex building Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make a payment. A drop box is also available outside the office.

Property taxes may also be paid online at www.starketax.net. Follow the instructions carefully.

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Starke County Property Tax Bills Due May 12


The Starke County Treasurer’s office is busy collecting property tax payments this week as the deadline to pay those bills is quickly approaching.

With the Monday, May 12 due date, Treasurer Kasey Clark told WKVI that drop boxes are available at banks in Knox, North Judson and the Bank of Monterey in Monterey. Those facilities will accept payments until their closing time on Monday, May 12. If you are mailing payments, the envelope must be postmarked May 12.

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91 Indiana Counties Send Property Tax Bills on Time


All Hoosier counties, save one, achieved on-time property tax billing this year.

The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance announced that this was the first time since 2001 that 91 counties have achieved on-time billing. On-time billing allows many of Indiana’s 2,500 local governments to no longer borrow money to keep operations afloat, waiting on unpredictable tax billing and collections.

Property tax bills were mailed April 15, 2013. Property tax statements were due to each county treasurer on May 10 to avoid late fees and penalties. Taxpayers in LaPorte County will receive their tax bills later.

A statewide general reassessment began July 1, 2010 for the 2012-pay-in-2013 property taxes which caused a delay in the distribution of property taxes since 2001.

Reduce the Impact of Property Tax Increases Through Exemptions


Whether you support the Knox Elementary School Palmer Wing project or not, no one enjoys paying higher taxes. One way to reduce the impact of the possible increase in the property tax rate for those in the Knox school district is to take advantage of all the property tax deductions for which you are eligible, effectively lowering your assessed property value and reducing the amount of taxes you’re responsible for paying.

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First Installment of Property Taxes Due in Just Under a Month


With just under a month to go before the first installment of property taxes is due, Pulaski and Marshall counties are working feverishly to get property tax statements mailed out in time for taxpayers to get their payments in the mail. Pulaski County Treasurer Lynn Wilder said her office is about halfway through mailing out their statements and will finish the mailings by the end of today, while Marshall County Treasurer Deb VanDeMark said her office will have the mailings completed by Friday.

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Starke County Tax Bills In the Mail


Starke County property owners should keep an eye on their mailboxes. Treasurer Kasey Clark says more than 20,000 tax bills have been sent out. The first installment of payments is due May 10, and the second is due Nov. 12. Payments may be made in person at the treasurer’s office at the county annex building or at several local banks, including the Bank of Indiana branches in Hamlet and North Judson, the First National Bank of Monterey branches in Monterey and North Judson, the 1st Source Bank in Knox, the First Farmers Bank in Knox, and the Demotte State Bank in Knox. Clark says the banks are all listed on the back of the statements.

She adds that taxpayers who have moved and not filed a change of address form with the post office will not receive their bills. Clark says her office will make every effort to track taxpayers down and make sure they get their bills to keep them from incurring late fees. However, the best way to ensure you get your tax bill is to make sure the auditor’s office has your correct mailing address on file. The auditor’s office telephone number is (574) 772-9101.

Governor Signs LaPorte County Property Tax Law

State Representative Tom Dermody
State Representative Tom Dermody

LaPorte County property owners have a new layer of protections and payment options thanks to a bill authored by Rep. Tom Dermody and signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence. The measure offers flexible repayment options and plans along with incentives to make early or on-time payments. It authorizes the Department of Local Government Finance to delay the payment of tax bills imposed for the March 1, 2012 or Jan. 15, 2013 assessment dates. The bill also creates a 2 percent discount for those who pay their property taxes on time. If payments are delinquent, the bill creates an additional 12 month period before a property is put up for auction. Continue reading