Winnebago County Treasurer Susan Goral’s office will be open Friday, Sept. 2, from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. to receive second installment payments of real estate property taxes, due on that date.
Although the Treasurer’s Office will be open until 7 p.m., the treasurer encourages taxpayers to mail their payments on or before the Sept. 2 due date (postmarks are accepted), or to utilize any of the participating local banks or credit unions to pay their taxes.
Discover Card is the only credit card accepted in the Treasurer’s Office. You can also go to the website www.winnebagotreasurer.com to pay online, by check or credit card, or you can pay by credit card by calling Illinois E-Pay at 1-877-455-3729. A convenience fee will be charged by Illinois E-Pay when you pay by credit card. Illinois E-Pay accepts Visa online only (credit or debit), and MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards either online or via their toll-free telephone number. Visa debit card payments will incur a $3.95 transaction fee.
First installments that have not been paid will have a penalty of 6 percent added after Sept. 13. Second installments that have not been paid by the Sept. 2 due date will incur a penalty of 1.5 percent per month. Late payments cannot be made at local banks or credit unions. Taxpayers should call the Treasurer’s Office at (815) 319-4400 for correct amount due prior to mailing late payments.
Publication of delinquent taxes will be the week of Oct. 3, and Certified Notices will be mailed Sept. 30, informing taxpayers of the Tax Sale to be held Oct. 24 and 25, 2011, beginning at 9 a.m.
If you did not receive a tax bill this year, and you have not changed your address at the Treasurer’s Office, please call (815) 319-4400 to make arrangements to have a form mailed to you, or go to the Treasurer’s website at www.winnebagotreasurer.com and print out a change form. Changing your address at the post office will NOT change your mailing address for tax bills.
From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue