County’s Tax Rates Gain State Approval

The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) certified Jackson County’s 2011 budget order and tax rates on January 27, paving the way for on-time property tax bills for the second year in a row. The budget certification puts the county in a position to have taxes due on May 10. Jackson County was the 65th county in the State to receive its 2011 budget order and tax rates, according to DLGF Commissioner Brian Bailey.
“The certification of the budget order and tax rates sets the stage nicely for on-time tax bills for the second consecutive year,” Bailey said. “A tremendous amount of cooperation and collaboration between local and state officials is required to ensure property tax bills go out on timef.”
The first step in the assessment to tax billing process is the completion of the property assessments, which culminates with the submission of a ratio study. A ratio study is a comparison between property sales prices and assessed values in the county to ensure that market values are being used to determine assessed values. Typically, these should be submitted to the state and approved by May 31, the year prior to tax billing. Jackson County’s ratio study was submitted on May 27, 2010.
Once the DLGF approves the ratio study, the assessor sends the gross assessed values to the county auditor, who applies exemptions, deductions or abatements to determine the net assessed values – the values upon which tax rates are based. That information was statutorily due to the DLGF by August 2, 2010. Jackson County’s certified net assessed values were submitted on August 13, Bailey said.
Now that the 2011 budget has been certified by the DLGF, the next steps are handled at the county level. The county auditor is to calculate tax bills, which should then be mailed by the county treasurer no later than April 25, Bailey said.
Taxpayers interested in estimating their property tax bill may do so using the DLGF’s online property tax calculator at http://www.in.gov/dlgf/4932.htm. Taxpayers will need their property’s assessed value, deductions, and taxing district to use the tool. The estimates provided are projections only and should not be taken as a statement of true tax liability, which is determined by the county.
A copy of the Jackson County budget is available at http://www.in.gov/dlgf/2587.htm.
Locally, the property tax rate paid by Crothersville residents went up slightly from 2010. The new town tax rate was approved at .3877 per hundred, up about a half-cent over last year’s ratre of .3836.
The Crothersville Community Schools total tax rate went up about 15 cents.
In 2010, the tax rate was $1.2525 per $100 of assessed value. This year are residents will pay $1.4083 per hundred of AV.
The total tax rate for Vernon Township in 2010 was .0536. The 2011 tax rate will be down slightly to .0527.