The Indiana County Treasurers’ Association, the Indiana County Auditors’ Association and the Indiana County Assessors’ Association have developed this Download property_tax_flow_chart_92007.pdf showing which officials make which decisions about property assessment and taxes.
In releasing the chart, the groups issued this statement:
Often, the people who have little to do with spending property tax dollars receive the most phone calls about why property taxes have increased. To the defense of county administrative offices such as auditors, treasurers and assessors, they administer the property tax system. Since they have the word “county” in their title, citizens often believe property taxes only go the county. Although property tax administration happens at the courthouse, the money is spent by political units throughout the county, such as schools, cities, towns, townships, libraries and the county.
The state Department of Local Government Finance, meanwhile, has released its own guide to help Hoosiers understand property taxes. The guide has links to DLGF pages that show county-by-county tax rates for each local government unit; plus tax levies for all units. The pages allow property owners to compare rates.