Peoria County Treasurer Nicole Bjerke announces approximately 83,000 tax bills will be mailed May 1, 2020, with the first installment due by June 9, 2020. Treasurer Bjerke asked the Peoria County Board to approve a special ordinance earlier this month adjusting the amount due for the first installment of real estate taxes in response to the hardships created from COVID-19. The board approved her recommendation, allowing taxpayers to choose to split their first installment into two equal payments, if necessary.
The first 50 percent of the first installment is due on June 9, 2020. The second half of the first installment would be due by August 10, 2020. As long as the deadlines are met, no late penalty will be assessed. The first payment must be at least 50% per the approved ordinance. Once the payment is posted, a second tax bill will be sent with the new first installment coupon to use reflecting the remaining balance due for the August 10, 2020 deadline.
Second installment payments are still due in full by September 9, 2020.
This one-time payment option, created specifically in response to COVID-19, is meant for those who are unemployed or underemployed. Those who can make the payment in full are asked to do so. Those that have paid both installments by the first installment due date are encouraged to continue that practice.
To keep social distancing a priority, Treasurer Bjerke recommends residents mail their tax payment by the due date to the address listed on the front or back of the tax bill. Those that include a self-addressed stamped envelope with the payment will have a receipt mailed back to them. Otherwise, the cleared check acts as the receipt.
“With so many banks and normal collection sites such as the Courthouse and City Hall closed to the public, taxpayers have to be aware that it is not business as usual and should plan accordingly, especially around the due date,” states Treasurer Nicole Bjerke.
Most Peoria County banks are accepting real estate tax payments. However, with lobbies closed, the drive-through lanes may be congested, especially on or around the due date. Payments at banks must have the coupon accompany the payment.
Credit card or electronic check payment options are still available, but due to the timing of approving the ordinance, only full installment payments can be accepted, not partial payments.
Currently, the Peoria County Courthouse and City of Peoria City Hall are closed to the public. Should they open before the deadline, property owners may also pay in person at the City Treasurer’s office, or in person at the County Treasurer’s office. Each building does have a drop box available to drop off a payment. The Courthouse drop box is located in back of the Courthouse by the turnstile closest to Hamilton Blvd.
If a cash payment is the only method of payment available, Treasurer Bjerke advises residents to call her office to make payment arrangements.
“I want to be as flexible as I can for payments while still practicing safe social distancing measures and staying within the legal guidelines,” Treasurer Bjerke said.
Payments made by mail must be postmarked by the post office on or before June 9, 2020. Be sure to check the pickup times at mail receptacles to ensure an accurate postmark. Payments postmarked after this will be subject to a penalty charge including the 50% payment. The appropriate payment coupon located on the bottom of the tax bill should accompany the tax payment. Taxpayers should remember to put their parcel number on their check to ensure proper credit.
If a tax bill has been misplaced, lost, or never received, a duplicate bill can be printed online at propertytax.peoriacounty.org. Failure to receive a tax bill, or receiving it late for any reason, does not relieve the taxpayer of penalties if not paid by the due date.
Questions regarding the payment of your taxes should be directed to the Peoria County Treasurer’s office at (309) 672-6065, option 5.