Every year, Form 11's are mailed out to property owners. Form 11 is the notification of the current year's assessed valuation. If Form 11's are mailed on or before May 1 of the assessment year, property assessment appeals for that year may only be between the date of mailing and June 17 of the assessment year. If no notice of assessment is given, the tax bill serves as the notice of assessment.
How to Decide If You Need to Appeal
Keep Previous Year's Sale Value in Mind
The Form 11 Notice of Assessment will be based on the value of the property as of January 1, 2019. The assessed value for 2019 is based on sales of similar properties from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
So, you don't need to think about the current value of your property but rather what it would have sold for in 2018.
Review Sales of Similar Properties
To support your value, you can review sales of similar properties. There are a few different ways to do this. The first way is through Beacon. Search for your name, address, or parcel number. Once your property has been located, you can search for sales of similar properties. We recommend that you first search for sales within your neighborhood.
Every neighborhood in Hancock County has a neighborhood code. To find yours, look on the Notice of Assessment (also called Form 11) you received. In the box to the right of your name and address, you will see the property class and the neighborhood code.
Review the sales from 2018 to see what the sales prices of similar properties. For those that are the most similar, print out the information. Not every sale is an arms length transaction.
Sales as a result of foreclosure, divorce or to a family member are generally not valid comparisons.
You may find sales of homes that are larger or smaller than yours but otherwise are similar. In that case you might want to look at the sales price per square foot. To get the price per square foot, take the sales price and divide it by the livable square footage.
How to Appeal With a Valid Case
Complete Form Appeal
If you decide that you have a valid case, then start the appeals process by filling out the Form 130. The Hancock County Assessor’s Office will accept appeals filed via mail, email, or in-person. Appeals must be submitted by June 17, 2019.
Please note: Effective July 1, 2017, all appeals need to be filed on the Form 130, and each parcel that is appealed needs to have its own petition filed. Changes to the appeal process can be found here.
To send Form 130 via mail. Send the form and your evidence to:
Hancock County Assessor
111 American Legion Pl, Suite 204
Greenfield, IN 46140
You may also bring it to our office. We are located in the Hancock County Annex Building at 111 American Legion Place in Greenfield. Our office is in suite 204 on the second floor.
We are open from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. We do not close for lunch. We will be closed on county holidays.
Please note: The petition must be signed by the petitioner or an authorized representative. A representative must attached a notarized power of attorney unless the representative is a dult authorized employee or a corporate officer of the company. If you have an email address please list it on the appeal form.
Please click here for additional information from the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).
Process After We receive Form & Evidence
Once we receive your appeal, our office will begin to review the information provided. We will begin reviewing appeals as they come in. You should expect to hear from our office with 90 days of submitting your appeal.
State Appeal Forms
Use the following forms only if your county appeal is not successful.