WATERLOO | Black Hawk County is reminding residents about the approaching March 31 deadline for paying the second installment of real estate and mobile home taxes.

Payments by mail must be postmarked by March 31 and should be directed to the Black Hawk County Treasurer at 316 E. Fifth St., Waterloo 50703. Taxpayers should include the payment stub or stubs from the tax bill along with the payment check. Taxpayers wanting a receipt should include the entire bill and a stamped, self-addressed envelope with payment.

The Black Hawk County Treasurer's Office accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover card payments. A non-refundable service delivery fee of 2.25 percent plus $1.50 per transaction for credit card or $2 for debit card will apply.

The taxes may be paid online by credit card or electronic check at www.iowatreasurers.org. The same fees apply if using credit card. Electronic check is 40 cents per transaction.

Interest for the March 2014 installment will accrue at the rate of 1.5 percent per month beginning April 1.

Payment by guaranteed funds for redemption from tax sale must be in the Treasurer's Office by 4 p.m. March 31. Guaranteed funds are cash, certified check, cashier's check or money order. A March/April postmark cannot be accepted for redemptions.

Property owners who are over 65 years of age or totally disabled with an annual income of less than $21,698 or mobile home owners over 23 years of age with an income of less than $21,335 may be eligible for help on the taxes due for September 2014/March 2015.

The Treasurer's Office in the courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Treasurer's Office at Crossroads Mall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Payments may be deposited in the drop box at the northeast corner of the courthouse or at Crossroads Center outside the DOT office.

For more information, call 833-3013.

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