Online Assessment Info
Property & Tax
220 N Main St,
Kokomo, IN 46901
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm
Center Township Assessor
Sheila Louks Pullen
I am pleased to welcome you not only to this web site but also to our office located on the third floor of the Administration Building. Our objective with this site is to provide you with accurate and reliable information that you can easily access.
My goal as County Assessor is to work towards every taxpayer being fairly and equally assessed. Assessing officials must follow Indiana Code and the rules established by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF). Assessments are used as a way to divide an individual’s burden to the overall levy that is established by each governmental unit. After the gross assessed value is determined, the Auditor applies deductions and other credits which also shift the overall burden.
Every year, the Assessor will perform a trending analysis of all real parcels. Trending is a way of assessing the value of real estate to account for changes in the marketplace. It requires assessors to research sales of properties in a particular area over the previous 14-month period. Using that information, we then estimate the values of other properties in the same area to determine an assessed value. Since property values rise and fall over time, annual adjustments ensure an assessment reflects market value-in-use of a property.
At the same time the annual adjustment or trending process is being completed, we are also in the process of finalizing the 2012 general reassessment. This is a process undertaken by local assessing officials to ensure property records are accurate representations of parcels and/or their improvements. Current law provides for statewide reassessment every five years. The current reassessment will take effect for 2012 with taxes due and payable in 2013. The mission of a reassessment is to inventory, verify, and value all real estate parcels.
My office handles a wide array of additional tasks and duties such as auditing personal property returns and inheritance tax returns. My staff is equally devoted to achieving our goal of fair and equitable assessments. Mass appraisal is not perfect, so we encourage the individual taxpayer to review his/her assessment. We welcome any questions and/or concerns.
I am honored to hold this office and serve you in the capacity of Howard County Assessor.