Peoria County Treasurer Nicole Bjerke announced approximately 82,500 tax bills will be mailed to Peoria County residents by May 1, 2021. The first installment due date is June 8, and the second installment due date is September 8.
The Peoria County Courthouse is open to the public, but all visitors should be aware of the COVID-19 Guidelines currently in place: social distancing is still a priority and wearing a face mask is required to enter. To avoid potential crowds or waiting in line to pay taxes, Treasurer Bjerke recommends that residents mail tax payments by the due date to the address listed on the front or back of the tax bill.
Payments made by mail must be postmarked by the post office on or before June 8, 2021. Residents are reminded to check the pickup times at mail receptables to ensure an accurate postmark. Payments postmarked after June 8, 2021 will be subject to a penalty charge.
Taxpayers should remember to include their parcel number on their check to ensure proper credit. If a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the payment, a receipt will be mailed back. Otherwise, residents should note that the cleared check will serve as their receipt of payment.
In addition to payment availability at the Courthouse and by mail, most Peoria County banks accept real estate tax payments. However, due to capacity limitations, bank lobbies and drive through lanes may become very congested, especially on or around the payment due date. Payments made at banks must include the coupon that is sent with the tax bill.
Credit card or electronic check payment options are also available after May 1, to residents who wish to pay online or over the phone. A convenience fee for credit card payments will be charged based on the payment amount. The Peoria County Treasurer’s Office does not receive any portion of this required fee.
If a tax bill has been misplaced, lost, or never received, a duplicate bill can be printed online at http://propertytax.peoriacounty.org/ beginning May 1, 2021. 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 tax payments should be directed to the Peoria County Treasurer’s Office at (309) 672-6065, option 5. Questions regarding exemptions should be directed to the Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments Office at (309) 672-6910.