Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Each County department has its own list of questions that they are frequently asked, so follow the links below to see specific departmental questions or look through our Top 5 and other questions basic to the whole county.

Assessor FAQs
Auditor/Recorder FAQs

Commissioner FAQs
Clerk/Treasurer FAQs

Economic Development FAQS

Emergency Management FAQS

Road Department FAQS

Top 5 County Questions

1. Q: What time is the Courthouse open?
A: The Clerk/Treasurer's Office Sheriff's Office, and Auditor Recorder's Offices open at 8:00 am every weekday morning, except Holidays. The Assessor's Office opens at 9:00 am and is Closed every Thursday. All Courthouse offices are closed between 12 noon and 1 pm for lunch.

2. Q: When will the County sell property in Dutch John?
A: The next sale is scheduled for Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at 2:00 pm. Please visit our Sale Page for additional information.

3. Q: When are taxes due?
A. Taxes are due November 30th of each year. Late taxes will incur surcharges including interest. Taxes can be payed by mail, or in person. We are not set up to accept credit card payments.

4. Q: Why do my taxes seem to keep going up?
A: Property taxes are a product of two numbers. The first is the Assessed Value of your home and the second is the tax rate. The tax rate is a combination of all the separate taxes to which your property may be subject ie: County, school district, municipality ad special service districts multiplied by the value of your property. The Market value is determined by comparing your home to other similar homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood. Once that value has been determined Primary residences are Assesed at 55% of their Market Value, while Secondary residences are assessed at the Market value. This assessed figure is multiplied by your rate to determine the tax owed. The Assessor's Office is required by state law to physically reinspect every property every five years. The Assessor is also required to keep values according to sales within the County, which may mean more frequent reassesments where the market is changing. This reassessment is generally the cause of increased taxes and reflects an increased resale value of your property. The rate generally drops year by year unless any of the taxing entities holds a Truth in Taxation hearing to increase the rate. The total tax collected must remain the same except for new construction unless the Truth in Taxation hearing is held, Due to the general trending of upward home prices the tax rate usually drops.