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

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

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

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

Where are the property taxes highest or lowest? 2014 Tax Rates by Taxing District in Monroe County

As we wait for our final budget order (and property tax rates) for Monroe County for 2015, I started playing around with different ways to present property tax rates for the various taxing districts and taxing units in Monroe County, and came up with the following chart. This chart show the total property tax rate (per $100 of net assessed value) for each taxing district in Monroe County. A taxing district is a geographic area in which the property tax rates are the same. The total property tax rate for each district is broken up by the contribution of each type of taxing unit to the total. Types of taxing units include the county, municipalities (Bloomington, Ellettsville, Stinesville), school corporations (MCCSC and RBBSC), townships, fire protection districts (Perry-Clear Creek Fire Protection District), public library, waste management, and transportation (public bus).

Property Tax Rates by Taxing District

I’ve ordered the taxing districts from highest to lowest rate. The conclusions are pretty straightforward — you pay higher property taxes in municipalities than in unincorporated areas, and that Ellettsville property tax rates are higher than Bloomington’s. The lowest property tax rates in Monroe County are in Washington Township, in the north-central part of the county.

Here is the table of data that I used to generate the chart:

2014 Property Tax Rates by Taxing District

I have previously written about taxing districts and property tax rates in my update on the 2014 Monroe County Budget Order.

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

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