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%|
|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%|
|Bean Blossom Township||1.6685||1.5393||(0.1292)||-7.74%|
|Van Buren Township||1.3719||1.4180||0.0461||3.36%|
|Clear Creek Township||1.3016||1.3393||0.0377||2.90%|
|Salt Creek Township||1.3506||1.2318||(0.1188)||-8.80%|
|Indian Creek Township||1.2017||1.2293||0.0276||2.30%|
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