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2017 Budget Order, Tax Rates, and Tax Levies Approved for Monroe County

12 Feb
Monroe County Courthouse at Night

Monroe County Courthouse at Night

Today Monroe County received its budget order for 2017 from the state, which includes:

  • The budgets for all taxing units (i.e., county, cities and towns, school districts, townships, public library, special units)
  • The property tax levies and tax rates for all taxing units
  • The property tax rates for each taxing district (i.e., the tax rates that actually affect each property owner)

Here is a chart showing the 2017 property tax rates by taxing district (along with the 2013-2016 rates for comparison):

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As usual, the Ellettsville districts (the parts of Richland and Bean Blossom Townships within the incorporated boundary of the town of Ellettsville) have the highest tax rates in the County (the Bloomington City – Richland Township district is a very tiny, commercial-only area), with the Bloomington rates next in line.

However, in a departure from previous years, Washington Township no longer has the lowest property rates (that honor now belongs to Indian Creek Township). In fact, both Washington Township and Bloomington Township (the part of Bloomington Township outside of the City of Bloomington) had substantial tax rate increases in 2017 because of the newly established Northern Monroe Fire Territory.

The full budget order can be found here: monroe-county-2017-certified-budget-order

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2016 Monroe County Budget Order — Property Tax Rates and Budgets Approved

12 Feb
Monroe County Courthouse at Night

Monroe County Courthouse at Night

Yesterday, Monroe County received its budget order for 2016 from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. This means that the Department of Local Government Finance has approved for Monroe County:

  • The budgets for all taxing units (i.e., county, cities and towns, school districts, townships, public library, special units)
  • The property tax levies and tax rates for all taxing units
  • The property tax rates for each taxing district (i.e., the tax rates that actually affect each property owner)

Here is a chart showing the 2016 tax rates by taxing district (along with the 2013, 2014, and 2015 rates for comparison):

2016 Monroe County Tax Rates by District

 

Tax rates for all taxing districts actually went down this year, except for Bloomington Township and Salt Creek Township. Tax rates for these two districts went up a bit, because of fire debt service payments.

The full budget order can be found here: Monroe County 2016 Budget Order

2015 Monroe County Budget Order — Property Tax Rates and Budgets Approved

18 Feb
Monroe County Courthouse at Night

Monroe County Courthouse at Night

Yesterday, Monroe County received its budget order for 2015 from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. This means that the Department of Local Government Finance has approved for Monroe County:

  • The budgets for all taxing units (i.e., county, cities and towns, school districts, townships, public library, special units)
  • The property tax levies and tax rates for all taxing units
  • The property tax rates for each taxing district (i.e., the tax rates that actually affect each property owner)

As with last year, the  budget order doesn’t really offer any big surprises. Rates for some taxing districts have gone up slightly, and others have gone down slightly. As in previous years, tax rates in Ellettsville taxing districts are highest in the county (other than the tiny commercial-only piece of Richland Township that is in the City of Bloomington corporate limits). Bloomington tax rates are next, though still substantially lower than those in Ellettsville. Tax rates in the unincorporated areas, not surprisingly, are the lowest, with those in Washington Township still the lowest in Monroe County.

Several weeks ago I produced a chart that shows the overall tax rates for all of our taxing districts along with the individual unit tax rates that make up the overall rate, using 2014 data. I’ll produce a new chart with 2015 data shortly.

The full budget order can be found here: Monroe County 2015 Budget Order

Monroe County Tax Rates for 2014

8 Feb
Monroe County Courthouse Dome Under Construction

Monroe County Courthouse Dome Under Construction

Yesterday, I posted that the 2014 Budget Order for Monroe County had been received from the Department of Local Government Finance.  This budget order includes the approved budgets and tax rates for all taxing units in Monroe County, as well as the tax rates for all taxing districts.

Here are the property tax rates for 2014 for all taxing districts, from the budget order, along with the changes from 2013.

Taxing District 2013 Rate 2014 Rate Increase (Decrease) % Change
Bloomington City – Richland Township 2.2895 2.4191 0.1296 5.66%
Ellettsville – Bean Blossom 2.2131 2.4220 0.2089 9.44%
Ellettsville Town 2.2100 2.4241 0.2141 9.69%
Bloomington City – Van Buren Township 2.0582 2.1105 0.0523 2.54%
Bloomington City – Perry Township 2.0196 2.0754 0.0558 2.76%
Bloomington City – Bloomington Township 2.0194 2.0762 0.0568 2.81%
Stinesville Town 1.6146 1.7598 0.1452 8.99%
Bean Blossom Township 1.5393 1.6267 0.0874 5.68%
Richland Township 1.5390 1.6455 0.1065 6.92%
Bloomington Township 1.4652 1.4872 0.0220 1.50%
Van Buren Township 1.4180 1.5064 0.0884 6.23%
Polk Township 1.4060 1.4173 0.0113 0.80%
Clear Creek Township 1.3393 1.3642 0.0249 1.86%
Perry Township 1.3073 1.3328 0.0255 1.95%
Salt Creek Township 1.2318 1.3602 0.1284 10.42%
Indian Creek Township 1.2293 1.2535 0.0242 1.97%
Benton Township 1.2194 1.3141 0.0947 7.77%
Washington Township 1.1929 1.1996 0.0067 0.56%

For historical reference, here is the same post I made last year, when the 2013 property tax rates were released.

2014 Monroe County Budget Order

7 Feb

Yesterday, Monroe County received its budget order for 2014 from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. This means that the Department of Local Government Finance has approved for Monroe County:

  • The budgets for all taxing units
  • The property tax levies and tax rates for all taxing units
  • The property tax rates for each taxing district (i.e., the tax rates that actually affect each property owner)

The budget order doesn’t really offer any big surprises. All tax rates for all taxing districts have gone up slightly. As in previous years, tax rates in Ellettsville taxing districts are highest in the county. Bloomington tax rates are next, though substantially lower than those in Ellettsville. Tax rates in the unincorporated areas, not surprisingly, are the lowest, with those in Washington Township the very lowest in Monroe County.

The full budget order can be found here: Monroe County 2014 Budget Order

2013 Budget Orders for Monroe County Released – Property Tax Rates for Monroe County

18 Feb
Stinesville City Limit

Stinesville City Limit

Monroe County and other local units of government in the county just received their 2013 budget orders from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. This is the official notice of state approval of the budget, property tax levies, and property tax rates for all funds that receive property tax revenues. A look at the property tax rates for each taxing district (area of the county in which tax rates are uniform within the area) shows few surprises:

Taxing District 2012 Rate 2013 Rate Increase (Decrease) % Change
Bloomington City – Richland Township 2.3710 2.2895 (0.0815) -3.44%
Ellettsville – Bean Blossom 2.4539 2.2131 (0.2408) -9.81%
Ellettsville Town 2.4504 2.2100 (0.2404) -9.81%
Bloomington City – Van Buren Township 1.9766 2.0582 0.0816 4.13%
Bloomington City – Perry Township 1.9390 2.0196 0.0806 4.16%
Bloomington City – Bloomington Township 1.9395 2.0194 0.0799 4.12%
Stinesville Town 1.7597 1.6146 (0.1451) -8.25%
Bean Blossom Township 1.6685 1.5393 (0.1292) -7.74%
Richland Township 1.6680 1.5390 (0.1290) -7.73%
Bloomington Township 1.4208 1.4652 0.0444 3.13%
Van Buren Township 1.3719 1.4180 0.0461 3.36%
Polk Township 1.3944 1.4060 0.0116 0.83%
Clear Creek Township 1.3016 1.3393 0.0377 2.90%
Perry Township 1.2695 1.3073 0.0378 2.98%
Salt Creek Township 1.3506 1.2318 (0.1188) -8.80%
Indian Creek Township 1.2017 1.2293 0.0276 2.30%
Benton Township 1.1679 1.2194 0.0515 4.41%
Washington Township 1.1583 1.1929 0.0346 2.99%

The district with the highest rate is the tiny area of Richland Township within the corporate limits of the City of Bloomington. This is a small, all-commercial district, and is atypically high, for that reason. Of the districts that include residential properties, the two Ellettsville districts have the highest tax rates, followed by the Bloomington districts and then the tiny Stinesville district. After that are the unincorporated areas of the county, with Washington Township showing the lowest rates. As I have mentioned before,  it is to be expected that taxing districts that include a municipality will have higher tax rates than those outside of a municipality, because the municipal districts will include all of the tax rates of the township that the district is in PLUS the tax rate for the municipality.

The other thing of note in the data is that, although some rates increased and some decreased from 2012 to 2013, the decreases far outpaced the increases. This is typical of a community that is growing steadily (adding assessed value) but not taking on substantial new debt or receiving excess levies. The substantial (8.8%) decrease in the Salt Creek Township tax rate was also an anomaly; a dispute between the township and the City of Bloomington Fire Department, which provides fire protection caused no fire protection tax rate to be assessed in 2011. 2012’s tax rate included both 2011 and 2012 fire protection services, so 2012’s rate for Salt Creek Township was artificially high. 2013 saw a return to a more typical tax rate for the district.

The full Monroe County 2013 Budget Order is available here: Monroe County 2013 Budget Order