Property Value Appeals

The Porter County Assessor's office mailed Notices of Assessment on Friday, July 17th and is now accepting property value appeals via walk-ins, mail and our website through August 31st.

 

Second Phase of Cyclical Reassessment Begins

May 1st began the 2nd phase of the four year process of Cyclical Reassessment as mandated by the laws of the State of Indiana.  During cyclical reassessment, representatives from the county and township assessor’s offices physically inspect 25% of the parcels in the county each year.  The purpose of these inspections is to ensure accurate information for every property record.  Accurate records help provide accurate assessments to the taxpayers.

During a visit to a taxpayer’s property, a field agent will attempt to make contact with the taxpayer to identify himself and inform the taxpayer of his purpose in being on the property.  After asking several questions to verify information about the interior of the home, the field agent will inspect the outside of the home and any other structure on the property.  Measurements may be made of the home and any of its exterior features as well as any other structures on the parcel.  Even though certain structures may not be new, the agent may still need to take measurements for verification purposes.  The field agent will not need entry into the home. 

Field Agents will have a magnet on their cars identifying them as being a representative of the Porter County Assessor’s Office as well as a badge for the same purpose.  If a taxpayer is unsure about a field agent’s identity, he can contact the Porter County Assessor’s office at (219) 465-3460 for verification.

If you have further questions about reassessment, you can e-mail them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (219) 465-3460.  To read more about Cyclical Reassessment, click here.

 

 

 

 

Angel Tree Program

Each year the Porter County Assessor's office collects money from its employees to participate in the Angel Tree Program. The money is spent on gifts for two underprivileged children. To read more about this program, click here.

COVID-19 Note to Taxpayer

Note to taxpayers,

The Porter County Assessor’s office recently mailed Notices of Assessments (Form 11’s) on April 30, 2020 for the assessment as of January 1, 2020.  We understand that this is a very confusing time as you also recently received tax bills for 2019 pay 2020 all during the COVID-19 pandemic.  What is happening right now in the market will not be realized or known until the assessment of 2021 pay 2022.  The assessment notice you just received for January 1, 2020 is based on sales information from 2019.

We would like to stress that we are here to help answer questions as fast and as efficiently as possible during the pandemic.  Our office is asking you to consider the following options during this time to better assist you:

  1. If you have general questions call 219-465-3460.
  2. Tax bill questions can be directed to the Treasurer at 219-465-3470.
  3. For properties located in Portage Township call 219-759-8221.
    1. For all other properties (not in Portage Township):
      1. You can make a phone appointment to review your assessment by calling 219-465-3370 or send an email to dtokody@porterco.org.
  4. Appeal forms can be mailed/ emailed to you by calling 219-465-3681 or email dmika@porterco.org.  The appeal forms need to be postmarked by June 15th, 2020 to be considered as timely filed for the assessment of January 1, 2020.  We do not accept emailed appeals.
  5. If you would like a file-stamped copy of your appeal, please include a SASE, self-addressed stamped envelope, with your appeal when you mail it to our office.
  6. For all properties in Porter County, you may access your assessment information or file an appeal online at www.portercountyassessor.com.
  7. While the evidence is not required at the time of filing it could help expedite it. Evidence should be relevant to the true tax value of the property as of the assessment date, January 1, 2020.  If you have evidence right now, please include it with your appeal.  If you intend to gather evidence after the appeal is filed you may mail or email it directly to our office :

By Mail:
Porter County Assessor
155 Indiana Ave., Suite 211
Valparaiso, IN  46385

Email:
jstanley@porterco.org
**Please reference the parcel that you appealed**

Type of Evidence:

  • Sale of the subject property/Offers to purchase
  • A 2019 appraisal prepared by a licensed appraiser (Not required)
  • 2019 sales of comparable properties
  • For 1-3 rental units – current lease with rent info
  • Photos
  • Construction Costs

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time as we are all dealing with the effects of this pandemic.  Please know that if you have to leave a message via phone or email, someone from our office will be in touch with you as soon as possible as we are working with limited staff.

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Phone: (219) 465-3460
Fax: (219) 465-7064

Address:
155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 211 
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.