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Where can I fill out a change of mailing address form?
Request for mailing address change for each tax statement is to be made at the Auditor's office. Delaware County, 100 West Main Street, Room 103, Muncie, IN 47305-2880.
Where are tax exemptions filed?
Tax exemptions are to be filed in the County Auditor's office located in room 103 at the Delaware County Building on or before December 31 each year.
When are tax payments due?
Tax payments are due on or before May 10 and November 10 of each year unless these dates are on a weekend or a holiday.
How do I access maps of my property?
You can access property maps online using the Beacon website, or contact the Office of Geographic Information to help you with your needs. Click View Additional Details for link.
Who owns a certain property?
The Assessor's Office has property cards with some transfer history, however, old transfer books are kept in the Auditor's Office.
What is the square footage of a property?
The Assessor's Office has detailed information about property areas and dimensions.
Can I get the legal description of a property?
Each parcel located in the Center Township area of Delaware County has a legal description and the Assessor's Office keeps a record of each description.
What is the deadline for filing of Personal Property Tax Forms?
The deadline is May 15th for the filing of Personal Property Tax Forms.
Where do I report an error in the online GIS map?
Please report an errors to the Office of Geographic Information at 213-1269. Suspected errors regarding property lines require prrof by legal survey or description.
Where is the Delaware County Auditors office located?
Delaware County Auditors office is at 100 West Main Street, Muncie, In Room 103 47305-2880
What are the hours for the Auditors office?
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00p.m
How much does it cost to file an exemption?
There is not a charge for filing exemptions.
What is the Auditors fax number?
765-741-3422
How can my business file a tax abatement?
Contact Cheryl Batt 765-747-7717 ext 128
How can I make sure that I have a mortgage exemption?
Contact the Auditors office at 765-747-7717
What if my house is in a tax sale?
Contact Janet at the Auditors office @ 765-747-7717 ext 106
How much are the transfer fees?
The cost is $5 per parcel and if money is exchanged between the seller and buyer, there is a $10 sales disclosure fee. Contact the Platroom at 765-747-7717 with any other questions.
How can I get my mailing address changed?
Contact the County Auditor's office at 765-747-7717
Do I need to come into the Auditors office to file my mortgage or homestead exemptions?
Yes, you do. We need your signatures. For homestead we need your drivers license number.
Can I have exemptions on my rental properties?
You may only have one homestead and you must live at the residence.
Where can I get my award letter for my disability?
Contact the social security office.
How can I receive an over 65 exemption?
Deduction for Persons over Age 65 or Surviving Spouses If you own property or mobile home or you are buying on a recorded contract, and you are over the age of 65 by December 31st of the prior year, you would/could qualify for the over 65 deduction if you meet the following requirements: Have a combined adjusted gross income of less than $25,000. Have an assessed valuation of less than $182,430. You owned the property before March 1st of the current year. For the surviving spouse deduction you must be over the age of 60, and the deceased spouse must have been at least age 65 at time of death. The deduction is either one half of your assessed valuation or $12,480, whichever is less. Bring your front page of your Federal 1040 for proof of your income. Circuit Breaker 0/65 Married couples adj gross income $40,000, single adj gross income $30,000 Have assessed valuation of less than $160,000 If your Adjusted Gross Income is under $25,000 and assessment under $160,000 then you would qualify for both portions of 0/65 lump sum plus circuit breaker
Where can I get my form DD-214?
The DD-214 form is available at the Delaware County Recorder's Office located at the Delaware County Offices in room 209. For more information please call 747-7804.
What is the telephone number for the local VA Clinic?
The local VA Clinic may be reached at 765-284-6822.
Where can I find my VA tax exemption?
The VA tax exemption may be found at the Delaware County Auditor's Office located at the Delaware County Offices in room 103. For more information please call 747-7717.
Where can I get my VA income verification?
The VA income verification may be found at the Delaware County Veterans Affairs Office located at the Delaware County Offices in room 302.
Where can I get my tax exemption certificate?
The tax exemption certificate may be found at the Delaware County Veterans Affairs Office, located at the Delaware County Offices in room 209A. Telephone number 765-747-7810
What are the billing times and due date?
Daleville and Westbrook billing is on or about the 15th of each month. The due date is on the 5th of the following month. Royerton billing is on or about the 30th of each month. The due date is on the 15th of the following month.
What is the starting and stopping service?
Anyone needing to start or stop his or her sewer service needs to call the office with that information.
What are the payment options and locations?
The District has a convenient Direct Debit option in which your payment is taken directly out of your bank account on the due date, or you may make your payment either by mail or in person.
What are the sewer tap fees?
The tap fee for anyone connecting to our sewers in any area is $1000.00.
What are the populations of Muncie and Delaware County?
Delaware County population: 118,769 (2000 census), Muncie Population: 67,430 (2000 census.)
What is the area of Delaware County?
Delaware County land area is 393 square miles.
How can I find out what I am allowed to build on my property?
If you know the zone that it is located in, you can refer to the City of Muncie Zoning Ordinance, or Delaware County Zoning Ordinance, depending upon where you live. From there, select which zone your property is in and select Permitted Uses. If you do not know which zone your property is located in, the Plan Commission can get that information for you.
What if the Zoning Ordinance doesn't say I can build what I want to on my property - what should I do?
This depends on what you want to do with your property. If you have looked through the ordinance, and your preferred use is listed as a Special Use, you must apply for a "Special Use" permit. If the preferred use is not listed at all, you may need to apply for a "Variance" or a "Re-Zoning" of the property. Re-Zonings go through the "Metropolitan Plan Commission" and the "Board of County Commissioners" or the "City Council." In the case of "Variance" a hardship must be proved before the granting of the "Variance." Variances go through the "Board of Zoning Appeals." "Applications" & "Publication of Notice" is required for both procedures. NOTE: Check the "Calendar" page for the deadlines for applications and publications.
If I live in the City of Muncie - do I come to the County Plan Commission for planning information?
Yes, the Plan Commission has jurisdiction over both the Unincorporated areas of Delaware Counts as well as the City of Muncie. The City of Muncie and Delaware County have separate Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, but the Metropolitan Plan Commission has jurisdiction over both. The Plan Commission does NOT have jurisdiction over other incorporated towns in Delaware County including: Eaton, Gaston, Albany, Yorktown, Selma, & Daleville
Can I get maps and aerial photographs printed?
Yes. The plan commission can print out maps with or without aerial photographs as the background.
Who should I talk to for specific questions, such as transportation, zoning, or other planning related topics?
The Plan Commission employs nine full time staff who are responsible for different areas. They have expertise in their specific area and will be happy to answer questions. We can be reached at 765-747-7740.
Who makes decisions regarding rezonings, variances, and special uses?
Rezonings involve the plan commission and the Board of County Commissioners (if dealing with unincorporated areas of the county) or City Council (if dealing within Muncie corporate limits). After the applications and publication of notice have been filed, the individual case is heard at the Metropolitan Plan Commission meeting, which takes place once a month. At that time, the plan commission will either recommend or not recommend the rezoning to the Board of County Commissioners. It is the Board of County Commissioners which as final say over rezonings. Variances involve the Board of Zoning Appeals. Once again, after proper filing of application and publication of notice, the case is heard at the monthly BZA meeting. At that time the BZA will make a finding on the variance request and will either grant or reject the request. The BZA has final say over variances. Special Use Permits involve both the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Metropolitan Plan Commission. The case is presented at the MPC monthly meeting. At that time the commission will make recommendations to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Final action is taken by the BZA on special use permit matters.
What are the procedures for a petition/remonstrance?
Petition and Remonstrance Process A political subdivision may not impose property taxes to pay debt service or lease rentals without completing the following procedures: 1. The proper officers of a political subdivision shall: (A) publish notice in accordance with IC 5-3-1; and (B) send notice by first class mail to any organization that delivers to the officers, before January 1 of that year, an annual written request for such notices; of any meeting to consider adoption of a resolution or an ordinance making a preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease and shall conduct a public hearing on a preliminary determination before adoption of the resolution or ordinance. 2. When the proper officers of a political subdivision make a preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease, the officers shall give notice of the preliminary determination by: (A) publication in accordance with IC 5-3-1; and (B) first class mail to the organizations described in subsection (1)(B). 3. A notice under subsection (2) of the preliminary determination of the political subdivision to issue bonds or enter into a lease must include the following information: (A) The maximum term of the bonds or lease. (B) The maximum principal amount of the bonds or the maximum lease rental for the lease. (C) The estimated interest rates that will be paid and the total interest costs associated with the bonds or lease. (D) The purpose of the bonds or lease. (E) A statement that any owners of real property within the political subdivision who want to initiate a petition and remonstrance process against the proposed debt service or lease payments must file a petition that complies with subdivisions (4) and (5) not later than thirty (30) days after publication in accordance with IC 5-3-1. 4. After notice is given, a petition requesting the application of a petition and remonstrance process may be filed by the lesser of: (A) two hundred fifty (250) owners of real property within the political subdivision; or (B) ten percent (10%) of the owners of real property within the political subdivision. 5. Each petition must be verified under oath by at least one (1) qualified petitioner in a manner prescribed by the State Board of Accounts before the petition is filed with the county auditor under subdivision (6). 6. Each petition must be filed with the county auditor not more than thirty (30) days after publication under subdivision (2) of the notice of the preliminary determination. 7. The county auditor must file a certificate and each petition with: (A) the township trustee, if the political subdivision is a township, who shall present the petition or petitions to the township board; or (B) the body that has the authority to authorize the issuance of the bonds or the execution of a lease, if the political subdivision is not a township; within fifteen (15) business days of the filing of the petition requesting a petition and remonstrance process. The certificate must state the number of petitioners that are owners of real property within the political subdivision. If a sufficient petition requesting a petition and remonstrance process is not filed by owners of real property as set forth in this section, the political subdivision may issue bonds or enter into a lease by following the provisions of law relating to the bonds to be issued or lease to be entered into. If a sufficient petition requesting the application of a petition and remonstrance process has been filed as set forth in section 3.1 of this chapter, a political subdivision may not impose property taxes to pay debt service or lease rentals without completing the following procedures: 1. The proper officers of the political subdivision shall give notice of the applicability of the petition and remonstrance process by: (A) publication in accordance with IC 5-3-1; and (B) first class mail to the organizations described in section 3.1(1)(B) of this chapter. A notice under this subdivision must include a statement that any owners of real property within the political subdivision who want to petition in favor of or remonstrate against the proposed debt service or lease payments must file petitions and remonstrances in compliance with subdivisions (2) through (4) not earlier than thirty (30) days or later than sixty (60) days after publication in accordance with IC 5-3-1. 2. Not earlier than thirty (30) days or later than sixty (60) days after the notice under subdivision (1) is given: (A) petitions (described in subdivision (3)) in favor of the bonds or lease; and (B) remonstrances (described in subdivision (3)) against the bonds or lease; may be filed by an owner or owners of real property within the political subdivision. Each signature on a petition must be dated and the date of signature may not be before the date on which the petition and remonstrance forms may be issued under subdivision (3). A petition described in clause (A) or a remonstrance described in clause (B) must be verified in compliance with subdivision (4) before the petition or remonstrances is filed with the county auditor under subdivision (4). 3. The State Board of Accounts shall design and, upon request by the county auditor, deliver to the county auditor or the county auditor's designated printer the petition and remonstrance forms to be used solely in the petition and remonstrance process described in this section. The county auditor shall issue to an owner or owners of real property within the political subdivision the number of petition or remonstrance forms requested by the owner or owners. Each form must be accompanied by instructions detailing the requirements that: (A) the carrier and signers must be owners of real property; (B) the carrier must be a signatory on at least one (1) petition; (C) after the signatures have been collected, the carrier must swear or affirm before a notary public that the carrier witnessed each signature; and (D) govern the closing date for the petition and remonstrance period. Persons requesting forms may not be required to identify themselves and may be allowed to pick up additional copies to distribute to other property owners. The county auditor may not issue a petition or remonstrance form earlier than twenty-nine (29) days after the notice is given under subdivision (1). The county auditor shall certify the date of issuance on each petition or remonstrance form that is distributed under this subdivision. 4. The petitions and remonstrances must be verified in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Accounts and filed with the county auditor within the sixty (60) day period described in subdivision (2) in the manner set forth in section 3.1 of this chapter relating to requests for a petition and remonstrance process. 5. The county auditor must file a certificate and the petition or remonstrance with the body of the political subdivision charged with issuing bonds or entering into leases within fifteen (15) business days of the filing of a petition or remonstrance under subdivision (4), whichever applies, containing ten thousand (10,000) signatures or less. The county auditor may take an additional five (5) days to review and certify the petition or remonstrance for each additional five thousand (5,000) signatures up to a maximum of sixty (60) days. The certificate must state the number of petitioners and remonstrators that are owners of real property within the political subdivision. 6. If a greater number of owners of real property within the political subdivision sign a remonstrance than the number that signed a petition, the bonds petitioned for may not be issued or the lease petitioned for may not be entered into. The proper officers of the political subdivision may not make a preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease for the controlled project defeated by the petition and remonstrance process under this section or any other controlled project that is not substantially different within one (1) year after the date of the county auditor's certificate under subdivision (5). Withdrawal of a petition carries the same consequences as a defeat of the petition. 7. After a political subdivision has gone through the petition and remonstrance process set forth in this section, the political subdivision is not required to follow any other remonstrance or objection procedures under any other law relating to bonds or leases designed to protect owners of real property within the political subdivision from the imposition of property taxes to pay debt service or lease rentals. However, the political subdivision must still receive the approval of the State Board of Tax Commissioners required by IC 6-1.1-18.5-8 or IC 6-1.1-19-8. [IC 6-1.1-20-3.1 and IC 6-1.1-20-3.2]
If I (we) live in another state six months out of the year and in Delaware County the other six months, can I (we)file exemptions.
You are a resident in the State that you purchase your license plates and file income taxes, vote or drivers license, you can only file exemptions in that State.
What is the Property Tax Replacement Credit that is on my tax statement.
Property Tax Replacement Credit Property Tax Replacement Credits (PTRC) are a state program of tax relief. The percentage PTRC rate is subtracted from the gross tax. This would cost the local governments lost revenue, so the state pays local governments the PTRC amounts out of its budget. On this tax bill the PTRC rate is 29.3747%. Multiply this by the gross tax of $4,029.92, and the result is the replacement credit amount, $1,183.78. The taxpayer does not pay this amount. It is paid by the state to the local governments. PTRC was created during the Bowen Administration's tax reforms in 1973. Originally, the sales tax was increased from 2% to 4%, and the revenue pledged to the property tax replacement fund. Revenue from this fund was to be paid to all local governments to reduce their property taxes by 20%. By the early 1980s it was found that the sales tax revenue from the added 2 percentage points was not enough for the annual PTRC payments. Since then an additional appropriation is made by the state from its other revenues (like individual income and corporate income taxes). Also in the early 1980s, the kinds of property tax collections eligible for property tax replacement credits were limited. In particular, property taxes collected for debt service on bonds issued after 1984 were made ineligible for PTRC payments. Debt service payments are outside the property tax controls. The state was concerned that paying 20% of local unit debt service might encourage more borrowing and construction that was necessary. The tax restructuring of June 2002 greatly increased the complexity of the PTRC calculations. There are now two PTRC rates for each tax district, one that applies to real property and individual personal property, and another that applies to business depreciable equipment and inventories (until 2006 pay 2007). The rate applied to real property--including homes--is higher. For this tax district, the rate for real property is 29.3747%, and the rate for business personal property is 20.2592%. PTRC rates for all property had been lower before restructuring, averaging about 14% statewide. The added PTRC was another way that the General Assembly sought to protect homeowners from the effects of market value reassessment. Statewide, property tax relief payments approximately doubled from 2001 to 2004, becoming the second largest item in the state budget, after K-12 education. The state's budget is tight, so during the 2005 budget session the Governor and the General Assembly decided that growth in these payments had to be limited. The total payment amount was frozen at the 2005 level for 2006 and 2007. For tax bills, this means that the PTRC and homestead credit percentages will decline in 2006 and 2007. Property taxpayers will have to pay a larger share of the gross tax.
How can I find out who the owner of a property is?
The current property owner can be identified in the Auditor's office.
My tax statements are not coming in my name.
Contact the Platroom at 765-747-7717.
Can a reverse mortgage be considered for a mortgage deduction?
Yes, you will need to have a statement from the mortgage company showing an outstanding mortgage debt.
How can I view past minutes from the Commissioners or Council meetings?
www.co.delaware.in.us
How can I view past ordinances or resolutions?
www.co.delaware.in.us
Who are the commissioners?
Effective January 1, 2015, Mr. James King, Ms. Sherry Riggin and Mr. Shannon Henry 765-747-7730
Who can claim tax sale surplus?
Only the owner whose property was sold in tax sale can claim the surplus. Anyone other than the owner has to petition the court to claim surplus. Even if a person has a power of attorney for the owner, he/she still has to petition the courts.
When can the owner claim for the tax sale surplus?
Surplus funds are not available until a tax deed has been issued by the court and that deed is recorded in the Delaware County Recorder's Office.
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