Elkhart County Treasurer
Elkhart County Treasurer
117 N. Second Street, Room 201
Goshen, IN 46526-3296
Phone: (574) 535-6759
Fax: (574) 535-6659
Pay and/or View Bills Online
Office Hours (Excluding Holidays):
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday - Friday
Larry Ernest - Treasurer
Duties - The County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for collecting property taxes and special assessments on real estate, personal property, and mobile homes located in the county. This office also receives the county innkeepers’ tax, auto and aircraft excise taxes, and the wheel tax. These funds are invested until they are distributed to the appropriate taxing units within the County (County, cities, towns, townships, public schools, libraries, and special districts) or until the County’s portion is disbursed for operating expenses. The Treasurer’s Office also 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.
Property Taxes – Property taxes are due annually in two installments, May 10 and November 10. Any unpaid balance remaining after these due dates is assessed a penalty. If there are no prior delinquencies on that parcel, a 5% penalty will be added if that installment is paid in full within 30 calendar days after the due date. An additional 5% penalty will be added on the 31 st day after the due date if the installment is not paid in full within 30 days after the due date. If there are prior delinquent amounts due on that parcel as of the due date, a 10% penalty will be added on the day after the installment due date. The Treasurer’s Office accepts partial payments for taxes in any amount and as frequently as the taxpayer wants to make a partial payment. However, any unpaid amounts remaining as of the due date will be subject to penalties.
Property tax bills, including payment coupons for both installments, are mailed annually at least 15 business days prior to the due date for the first installment. Taxpayers that prefer to receive their tax bills by email should contact the Treasurer’s Office. Property tax information and copies of the tax bills and payment coupons are available on the County’s website: www.elkhartcountyindiana.com. Property owners are responsible for seeing that their taxes are paid on time to avoid penalty. Not receiving a property tax bill is not sufficient reason to waive the penalty.
Tax Sale – Real estate parcels with delinquent taxes and/or special assessments from the first installment of the previous year are subject to tax sale. The next annual tax sale will be October 24, 2017. Bidders should be familiar with the applicable statutes dealing with tax sales (IC 6-1.1- 24-1 et seq. and IC 6-1.1- 25-1 et seq.) and seek competent 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. Additional tax sale information is also available on that website. The list of eligible properties will also be published three times prior to the sale in the two local newspapers: The Elkhart Truth and The Goshen News.
Mobile Home Permits – Owners of mobile homes must obtain a mobile home permit to transfer title or to move it. That permit is issued by the County Treasurer’s Office of the county where the mobile home is located. The owner of record must obtain this permit before going to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to transfer title. There is no charge for this permit, but all taxes (current and delinquent) must be paid in full before the permit can be issued. This permit is valid for 30 days and will have to be reissued if the title is not transferred or the mobile home is not moved in that 30 day period.
Stormwater User Fee – All properties in the cites of Elkhart and Goshen, the Town of Bristol, and the remaining unincorporated areas of Elkhart County are charged a Stormwater User Fee which is included as a special assessment on the property tax bills. Information about this fee and its uses can be obtained at www.stormwaterelkco.org.
Deductions – The State legislature has authorized various types of deductions which can reduce the amount of property taxes due if the taxpayer files for those qualifying deductions. All deductions are handled by the County Auditor’s Office (574-535- 6710) and all questions regarding those deductions should be directed to that office.
Assessed Values of Property – The County Assessor’s Office (574-535-6700) is responsible for determining the assessed values of all property within the county except for property located in Concord Township. Assessed values for those properties are determined by the County Township Assessor’s Office (574-523- 2217). All questions regarding assessed values and appeals should be directed to the appropriate assessor’s office.