Welcome to Ohio County Assessor's Office
The goal of the County Assessor is to work towards every real property being fairly and equally assessed. Assessing officials must follow the rules of the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) in all assessment or reassessment of real property. The mission of a reassessment is to inventory, verify, and value all real estate parcels. This process distributes the property tax burden in a uniform and equitable manner. Mass assessment is not perfect, so we encourage property owners to review their assessments. You may access your property record card on our GIS website, or come into the office for a copy. We welcome any questions and/or concerns.
The Assessor is also responsible for evaluating personal property returns for a farm or business operating within the county. Personal property values are assessed January 1 of every year and are self reported by property owners to the County Assessor using prescribed state forms. The completed personal property return must be received or postmarked no later than May 15. A return MUST be filed even if the taxpayer is 40,000 exempt.
New Sales Disclosure Form Required 1/1/2021
Effective 01/01/2021 there will be a new Sales Disclosure form required for transfers. The location and form number will remain the same, https://www.in.gov/dlgf/8516.htm . State Form 46021, Sales Disclosure Form. The new form will not be available there, or can be used, before 01/01/2021.
Here is a link to the official letter regarding the new sales disclosure form from Barry Wood, Assessment Division Director, Department of Local Government Finance:
The webinar explaining the new form may be made available to the public soon, and if so, we will post that here. Please check there in a few weeks.
2020 Cyclical Reassessment Underway
The Ohio County Assessor’s physically visits all parcels in the county, as required by Indiana Code 6-1.1-4., over a four year period. This year, 2020, field inspectors will be in Cass Township and Pike Township.
Field workers will review the information on our property record card and confirm measurements of buildings. As you know, structures may change over time from wear and tear, remodeling or may have been removed.
This review does not mean your property assessment will increase. Our statutory duty is to arrive at an estimate of market value for each parcel. Each year, we use sales of similar properties to arrive at those estimates. The field reviews may lead to increases, decreases, or as in most cases, very little change in property value. The field reviews are designed to increase the accuracy of the assessment information.
Our field workers will carry identification and be able to answer general questions about your property. Please assist them in answering questions they may have about your dwelling – numbers of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. We strive to make sure our information is as accurate as possible.
Ed Hautman, Ohio County Assessor
Deedee Brown, Deputy Assessor
Karrie Powers, Deputy Assessor
Office: 413 Main St.
Rising Sun, IN 47040