Many in Marion County feeling sticker shock over property tax spikes
Seventy percent of homeowners in Marion County have seen an increase in their property taxes this year.
The increases range from a few to a few hundred dollars or more. Bills arrived in the mail last week.
At one home in Fall Creek Place in the Indianapolis near north side, the tax bill jumped 39 percent (or over $600). That's not out of the ordinary.
The Marion County treasurer says three out of four owner-occupied homes saw increases in property tax rates this year.
The bill on Mary Crawford's home jumped 28 percent. Don't tell her it's only $11 more a month.
"That is a lot of money when you retire. That makes a big difference," Crawford said.
Workers at the treasurer's office are getting an earful from homeowners demanding answers.
One reason is the economy. Home values are up, which leads to higher assessments and increased taxes.
But so are the taxes themselves. There are over 60 taxing entities in Marion County, and many have raised rates. That's raised more than a few tempers.
"It went sky high. I don't know why," said JC Starnes, who was at the treasurer's office Monday. "I'm thinking about moving back to Morgan County. I'll be honest with you."
Starnes says his property tax bill went up thirty percent.
"I think I'm gonna change. Not my religion, but my politics, if this keeps up," he said.
Township governments raised their taxes about ten percent and school districts raised theirs about 14 percent. Public transportation raised its taxes 22 percent across the county.
There are about 370,000 tax bills in Marion County. Property owners who haven't received a bill yet should call the treasurer's office or get online.
"Taxes are due in May and November," said Treasurer Claudia Fuentes. "Whether you get a bill or not."
Payment plans will give some homeowners more time to pay more taxes.