The Hamilton County Treasurer began offering electronic delivery of tax bills this past spring to all property owners in the county. The treasurer sends out more than 125,000 tax bills every spring. That mailing uses more than two tons of paper and costs more than $43,000 in postage alone.
“We offered this service back in the spring of 2011 initially to every property owner whose taxes are paid through their lender. Then, with our mailing for spring 2012 taxes, this service was opened up to any property owner who wasn’t registered yet. This is a great opportunity to save tax dollars and streamline the delivery of our tax bills” County Treasurer Jennifer Templeton said.
Hamilton County homeowner Bernie Huber already pays her property tax bills online and thinks electronic notices could be more convenient and cost efficient.
“Its 46 cents plus the check or $1 to hit send,” she said of electronic payment. “(Electronic bills) are a good idea to save paper and postage. I think more people do that all the time with their bills.”
Huber and her husband own their home in Arcadia. Since they no longer pay a mortgage, Huber said they only received one reminder a year to pay taxes.
“If there were two reminders I wouldn’t mind getting it electronically,” she said. “It’s tough to remember to pay at the end of each year.”
Westfield resident Cindy Olson is also in favor of the county’s greener opportunity.
“Would I be the first in line to sign up? I’m still a hard copy person, but with time I suppose one would have to,” she said. “I have a system and like to know where the bills are in hand.”
Olson said that while she spends most of her work day at a computer, she doesn’t use one as often at home. She said the number of those interested in signing up for electronic delivery may depend on their age.
“It might be a week or two before I catch it on my email,” Olson said of the electronic bill. “I think a lot of my younger coworkers would say it’s a good thing. Retired folks may not be that (computer) savvy.”
To register for this service, go to www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov and click Sign Up For Property Tax eBilling under In the Spotlight. This webpage also includes links to help documentation as well as a video tutorial. Those looking to register will need their April 2012 property tax statement from the Hamilton County Treasurer and the property access code number listed under the New Service Announcement section of that statement. If you have additional questions, contact the treasurer’s office at 776-9620.