Treasurer

Treasurer


Address:
117 N. Second St., Room 201
Goshen, IN 46526

Treasurer: Tina M. Bontrager

Phone: 574-535-6759
Fax: 574-535-6659
Email your questions and comments to treasurer@elkhartcounty.com

Hours:

Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday - Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm


The Treasurer is the custodian of all money belonging to the County.  The primary duties of the office are to collect taxes, properly account for all County funds, and invest those County funds.  We offer assistance to the public with property tax collection, questions and solutions and also the documents and certification necessary to obtain a mobile home permit or an alcohol permit in Elkhart County.

 

Property Tax Payment Options

Pay and/or View Bills Online

Visit the Elkhart County Treasurer’s Office at 117 N. 2nd Street, Goshen, IN  46526

Office Hours (Excluding Holidays):
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday - Friday

Mail your payment to Elkhart County Treasurer P.O. Box 116, Goshen, IN  46527

Pay by Phone 24/7 – (888) 881-9911

Take your original tax coupon to any branch of the following banks:

First Source Bank

First State Bank

Interra Credit Union

Lake City Bank

 

Property Taxes

 

Property taxes are due annually in two installments, May 10 and November 10 or the following business day.  Any unpaid balance remaining after these due dates is assessed a penalty.  There is a 5% penalty added to any balance paid within 30 calendar days after the due date.  An additional 5% penalty will be added on the 31st day after the due date.  The Treasurer’s office accepts partial payments for taxes in any amount throughout the year although any unpaid amounts remaining as of the due date are subject to penalties.  Property tax bills are mailed annually at least 15 business days prior to the due date of the first installment.  Please contact the office if you prefer to receive your tax bill by email.  Property tax information, copies of tax bills and payment coupons are available online by clicking ‘Pay and/or View Bills Online’ above or visiting www.invoicecloud.com/Elkhart  In accordance with Indiana State Law; not receiving a property tax bill is not sufficient reason to waive any penalties.

 

The following links to the State of Indiana can be quite helpful:

Search Past Tax Bill Database:     http://www.in.gov/dlgf/4929.htm  

Tax Bill Estimator:                      https://gateway.ifionline.org/calculatorsDLGF/

 

 

Mobile Home Permits 

Email questions and requests to mpermit@elkhartcounty.com

The owner listed on the title must obtain the permit to move or transfer title on the home

The permit is valid for 90 days

Alcohol Permits

Verification from the County Treasurer that the applicant does not have any outstanding property tax liability is required by the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission by having a completed Property Tax Clearance Schedule Form No. 1 with the embossed seal of the County.

Stormwater User Fees

Information about this fee and its uses can be obtained at www.stormwaterelkco.org

Deductions/Exemptions on Property

Information on deductions should be directed to the County Auditor at 574-535-6710 or Visit the Auditor web page.

Assessed Values of Property and Appeals

Information on assessed values should be directed to the County Assessor at 574-535-6700 or Visit the Assessor web page.

Information on assessed values for property located in Concord Township should be directed to the Concord Township assessor at 574-523-2217

Tax Sale – October 5, 2018

Real estate parcels with delinquent taxes and/or special assessments of three installments or greater are subject to tax sale.  Bidders should be familiar with the applicable statues addressing tax sales (IC6-1.1-24-1 et seq. and IC 6-1.1-25-1 et seq.) and seek legal advice if questions or uncertainties arise.  The list of properties eligible for the annual tax sale will be posted at www.sri-taxsale.com at least three weeks prior to the sale.  This list of eligible properties will also be published three times prior to the sale in two local papers, The Goshen News and The Truth.  Additional information is available on the SRI website above including how to register for the sale, a buyer handout, redemption information and applicable laws.

Delinquent Mobile Home and Personal Property Tax Collections

Demand notices are mailed annually to taxpayers that have delinquent taxes on mobile homes and personal property.  Any unpaid amounts are subject to judgment by Elkhart Circuit Court.  Elkhart County has chosen to contract with American Financial Credit Services (AFCS) to be the collecting agency for all Certified to Court collections.  Please direct any inquiries regarding these collections to AFCS at 1-888-317-2327 ext. 500 or www.afcsoptions.com including any and all payment arrangements.  

Change of Address on Tax Bill

To change your billing address for receiving your tax coupon and any other correspondence we need the request in writing.  You may send the address change by email to jfore@elkhartcounty.com or complete an address change form in our office. 

About the Treasurer’s Office

It is the job of the Treasurer to collect all property tax dollars from property owners in Elkhart County.  The Treasurer works with the County Auditor to distribute the funds to each of the entities in the County including Cities, Towns, Townships, Libraries and School Systems.  In addition to collection of funds, the Treasurer invests the money collected to generate revenue which assists in keeping the tax rate down and taxes lower for the taxpayer. 

 

The Treasurer maintains the County’s bank accounts and investments, pursues collection of delinquent property taxes, issues mobile home permits and conducts annual tax sales for real estate with delinquent taxes. 

 

The Elkhart County Treasurer’s Office has a staff of six including the elected official.  The office processes over 100,000 parcels of tax collection and contracts with a few seasonal employees during the Spring and Fall collection seasons. 

 

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments and/or suggestions as we are here to be of assistance to you.

Information

Elkhart County Government


Administration Offices:
117 North Second Street
Goshen, IN 46526
Switchboard Number: (574) 534-3541