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Elkhart County Assessor

Cathy Searcy
117 N Second Street
Goshen, Indiana 46526
Ph. 574-535-6700
Fax 574-535-6646

E-Mail: Csearcy@elkhartcounty.com

The County Assessor serves as the secretary of County’s Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (PTABOA). The PTABOA reviews property tax assessments, and reviews all tax assessment appeals not settled by the township assessor. The Assessor is also responsible for calculating inheritance tax returns before they are submitted to the Indiana Department of Revenue and processing applications for property tax exemptions. In addition, the Elkhart County Assessor does the real property assessing for ten townships in the county.

PTABOA is comprised of five members. Two appointments made by the County Council, one of whom must be certified by the Department of local Government Finance as a Level II Appraiser. Two freehold appointees are made by the County Commissioners, one of whom must be certified by the Department of Local Government Finance as a Level II Appraiser. The fifth member is the County Assessor (no more than three members from the same political party).

Inheritance Tax Returns After inheritance tax returns are filed with one of the courts, they are then sent to the county assessor for auditing before being sent to the Indiana Department of Revenue. Included in this process is the release of assets such as bank accounts.

Applications for Property Tax Exemptions The county assessor is responsible for accepting all applications for property tax exemptions. These applications are for such organizations as churches, veterans organizations, schools, and other not for profit entities. In addition to the forms being available in the office of the county assessor, they are also available on the Indiana government website at www.IN.gov. Click on Department of local Government Finance Forms and then Application for Property Tax Exemption. The complete form contains SP198, 09284 and 05748 which will all be highlighted in blue.

Real Property Assessments The Elkhart County Assessor's Office does real property assessing for the following ten townships in the county: Benton, Clinton, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Locke, Olive, Union, Washington and York.

Appeal Form: Click here to download the Petition to the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals.

Exemption Application: Click here to download the Application for Property Tax Exemption Form 136.

Annually Adjusting Assessed Values Fact Sheet: Click here to download.

Property Data via GIS Photos: Click here to see aerial photography and property data in Elkhart County.

 

 
 

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