Marion County homeowners speak out against assessed home values

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Many Marion County residents are not happy with the assessment of how much their home is worth.  The more your home is worth, the more tax money you have to pay on it.

The majority of homeowners in Marion County saw the assessed value on their homes go up.  The biggest jump was in Washington Township.

Homeowner Rob Metzel could not believe it when he got his assessment.

“I was pleasantly surprised that my home is now worth $20,000 more than what it was in 2008,” said Metzel.  “I am just going to run right out and put the sign in my yard and try to get more than $200,000 for my home.  I am very happy.”

Metzel was being just a bit sarcastic.  Here is how he really felt.

“How can anyone in their right mind assume that your home is worth $20,000 more than it ever was?” said Metzel.  “Something is a miss. Something is awry somewhere.”

According to the Marion County Assessor, the home valuing process went through wholesale changes this year.  Properties based on 1999 figures are being bumped up to reflect 2012 prices.

“The bottom line is we are assessing the property as to what the market value of that property is,” said Marion County Assessor Joseph O’Connor.

According to O’Connor, 52 percent of residential properties saw their values go up, 43 percent went down, and 5 percent saw no change.  O’Connor said sometimes a value is not quite right.

“We know that some things can go awry, or some values may just be egregious enough or glaring in the face that they are wrong,” said O’Connor.

Phone lines in the assessors office have been flooded with homeowners asking about the value of their property. O’Connor said if homeowners are not happy with their assessment, they can file an appeal, which is exactly what Rob Metzel plans on doing.

“I assume there will be a group of individuals that are going to try to understand who in fact reassessed the homes and what they were smoking at the time,” said Metzel.

O’Connor said overall, the values in Marion County were up 1 percent from last year.

If you would like to file an appeal you can download an appeal form online.


  • Larry

    How does a home & lots value go up $30,000.00 in 4 years ??? Assessors mistake or is there a conspiracy to beat the 1% property tax cap? It sure isn't rite either way…and who's behind it? It's strange only 52% went up and again who is making that decision???

    • Larry

      O'conner said values went up 1% last year, yet assessments show increases of over 12% How does he keep his job ?…His math does not add up…..

    • Jack

      Once upon a time foreclosures were the bane of the land–‘twere thus from time immemorial, but…

      Not anymore!

      The new trick is; Increase the value (to the maximum) on foreclosures–because the Evil Knights of Bank won’t / can’t fight, and they pay full tick, without exemptions. Then the Trolls of Assess use the inflated “value” of the foreclosures as comparisons, to get you. Thou shalt not be suffered to win. Neither shalt thou slay yon Dragon of Deceit in thine appeal; nor, in the court of the Gluttonous Tax Gurglesnot.

      Then, in their infinite wisdom, they rely on the propagandistic incantations of Chief, “Gin Goblin” R. Eel-Estate, Genie to the Court Magician, to tell everyone “How wonderful sales and values are” in Indiana unreal estate. He sprinkles magic dust on every hovel, and turns them all into palaces, and gold rains from the sky to pile in drifts of phantasm.

      In due time, they let the DLGF (Demoniacal Leering Golems & Fiends) loose the Harpies of local “government” to weep and gnash their teeth about how well off home owners (victims) are, and how maltreated, molested and abused the hand-selected local minions of Satan are.

      When the new King in the land, Sir Mike of Ponce, sees the imaginary riches of the Evil Barons reflected in the Hall of Mirrors, he cries “Huzzah”, and throws pennies at the peasants, hoping to blind them by putting out their eyes. But, alas, some would not be silenced, and so had to be mocked, tortured and tossed under mountains of riddles called CAFR, LSO, Summer Study and forms one to infinity.

      In the end, the Mountain of Magic Bull Elixir grew until the pesky citizens were crushed into submission. And the Evil Lords stood at its summit, in complete denial that the only possible thing on any horizon was failure.

      And they “lived” crappily, ever after…

  • Joe

    I bought a house 2 months ago and the apprised value is now $10,000 more than I purchased it for.

    “The bottom line is we are assessing the property as to what the market value of that property is,” said Marion County Assessor Joseph O’Connor.

    I would say their not doing a very good job.

  • David

    We had ours go up that much in 1 years time over ten years ago when we lived there. We had a small goldfish pond with some plants around it, and the assessors say that added 10k to the property value. They also showed a 2nd bathroom in the basement (which wasn't there) and some other innacurate info. Took some fighting but we got it corrected. Johnson County has done the same here. They showed us having 2 outbuildings on our property, and even though we invited them out to show them there weren't any, it took 2-3 years to get them to remove them from our assesment. Just watch them like a hawk and fight to keep your property assesment low.

  • Charlie

    Could be alot worse. I live in Johnson County and my home value went up $19000. Now that doesn't sound bad but, my house isn't worth $100,000 that's almost a 20% increase in home value all at once! I think it's their way of getting around the 1% tax rule.

  • Indyron

    1% my backside. His assessment increased my homes value with a 6.6% increase. With real estate values that have dropped like a lead weight across the country it seems O'Conner is out of touch with actual sales values

  • sherry

    I don't think they where really going house to house like it said in the letter they sent out ,I'm a stay at home mom and No one came to my house personaly to "assess"my house.Our taxes are in our house payment just like most peoples I would say so the part of the letter that reads" Under Indiana law,an assessor is required to notify taxpayers any time an assessment is changed.
    Last year for the 2011 payable 2012 tax year,the assessor's office let the Spring Installment of the tax bill that was due May 10th 2012,serve as the notice. Well most people didn't stop to think that few extra dollors on there morg was because of that.I don't understand how our land went down in value but our structure went up.Our went up 4,100.00 ya I know that is not alot but it is still wrong and makes no since.Our house was built in 1999 and they say that is the last time things were assesed I don't get it I will be one of the people filing a appeal.

  • Indyron

    The State of Indiana’s Housing Market

    See the full report at :

    "Other measures show that Indiana’s house prices are stabilizing, too. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s House Price Index (HPI), the state’s house prices have declined by 10 percent from their peak in early 2007 to the fourth quarter of 2011.1 The U.S. index value is down 25 percent over this same period. Most encouraging for Hoosier homeowners is that most of this decline occurred by early 2009. Since that point, Indiana’s house prices have been in a holding pattern, showing no sustained movement up or down. In contrast, the U.S. HPI—though declining at a slower rate in recent years—continues to fall. "

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