TIPTON – Tipton County taxpayers will notice some changes in the next 30 days as they prepare to submit property tax payments online.
The Tipton County Board of Commissioners approved a request from county Treasurer Suzanne Alexander to revamp the online payment processing system through a new partnership, allowing taxpayers several options for payment submission.
“I’ve had a lot of requests from taxpayers looking and hoping for different options in which to pay for taxes,” said Alexander, adding that the new options came through a partnership with Value Payments System.
When the online changes go into effect, taxpayers will have the choice to pay with credit card, debit, e-check, PayPal and a bevy of other options, said Alexander. Currently, property owners can only pay online using a credit card, and that option tacked on a 3 percent processing fee. Now, that fee will be reduced to 2.75 percent.
The change will be funded entirely through online convenience fees.
“We’re keeping up with the technology with this change, and I think that it’ll make a lot of taxpayers very happy, and I expect to see a tremendous increase in the payments electronically when this goes into effect in about 30 days,” said Alexander.
Andrew Harrison, of Schneider Corporation, the company which for years has handled Tipton County’s online interface and geographic information system, said a similar change was made to Tippecanoe County. He noted the county then saw a large uptick in online tax payments.