Local Government Education

Local Government Education

On Local Government

On Local Government provides local elected officials and community leaders with timely information and resources about the local government revenue system, legislative changes, the state budget and other issues that impact local government finance. The programming consists of three informational webinars a year hosted at local Extension offices or viewed individually by local elected officials as well as regional programs where specialists and educators take local elected officials and community leaders through the local government revenue system with their own community’s data. In addition to webinars and workshops, On Local Government provides an array of resources for understanding local government finance.


localgovFrom resources and videos to regional workshops and webinars, Purdue Extension’s On Local Government program is working to educate local elected officials, community leaders and taxpayers on the local government revenue system to help communities make informed decisions. On Local Government offers a suite of opportunities, media and resources for communities across Indiana including:

Property Tax System Video-Based Course

Released in 2014, these seven videos with educational material explain Indiana property taxes.

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Regional Local Government Finance Workshops

Community leaders explore and analyze their communities’ property data from individual units’ levies all the way to the homeowners’ bill.

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On Local Government Webinars

These two-hour webcasts are hosted three times per year. They cover how recent state legislation affects cities and counties.

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Capital Comments

This monthly web column and podcast covers changes in state tax law.

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Recent On Local Government Webinars

On Local Government provides webinars 3 times a year.  These webinars update local elected officials on changes impacting local government budgets and timely topics.

The State Budget and Township Consolidation February 2018

Property Tax Palooza October 2017

Indiana General Assembly 2017: Budget and Roads

2017 Legislative Update

Property Tax Basics

The best place to start to understand our local government revenue system in Indiana is by learning how the property tax system works. This is a series of seven short videos that take the viewer from understanding the components of the property tax formula to how to read a property tax bill.


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Local Government Budget and Tax Data

In this series of tables about local government budgets and property taxes, you’ll find appropriations and revenues for all the units of government in your county—the county government itself, plus the townships, cities, towns, schools, library districts and others. The next several tables show how the local budgets relate to the property tax bills paid by taxpayers. Along the way, you’ll see how unit tax rates are combined to make the district tax rates, how the tax cap credits are determined, how local option income taxes may reduce property tax bills and some sample homeowner tax bills for lower and higher tax districts.

Allen  Carroll  Cass Clinton 
DeKalb  Fayette  Franklin  Gibson 
Henry  Howard Huntington Jasper
LaGrange Lake LaPorte Martin
Newton Noble Pike Porter
Posey Pulaski Rush Spencer
Starke Steuben Tippecanoe Union
Vanderburgh Warrick Wayne Whitley

Capital Comments

CapCom_PodcastCapital Comments is a monthly article on public policy issues related to state and local government in Indiana written by Dr. Larry DeBoer.

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Useful Publications and Studies

Purdue Agricultural Economics Report – Find timely articles on farmland assessment as well as general economic outlooks.

Farmland Property Tax Assessments Larry DeBoer and Tamara Ogle (June 2015)
An Update on Indiana Farmland Assessments Larry DeBoer (April 2015)
The Coming Dilemma of Higher Taxes and Lower Crop Incomes Larry DeBoer (August 2014)
Indiana’s 2009 Property Tax Reforms Part 1 and Part 2 Larry DeBoer (2008)
What Do We Know about Indiana’s Property Tax Caps? Larry DeBoer (2015)
The Personal Property Tax in Indiana John Stafford and Larry DeBoer (2014)
A Cost of Community Study for Indiana Counties and School Corporations Larry DeBoer (2010)
The Share of Indiana Taxes Paid by Businesses and Individuals Larry DeBoer (2007)
Indiana’s County Motor Vehicle Excise Surtax and Wheel Tax Larry DeBoer and Anita Yadavalli (2012)

Useful Links

In local government, it is important to know where to go for data and resources. Here is a list of commonly used links:

Department of Local Government Finance

At this link, find referendum information, your county budget order, ratio studies and information on local income tax distribution as well as general information about the structure of local government finance at Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance.

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Indiana Gateway

Gateway is a partnership between the Department of Local Finance, the State Board of Accounts and the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University. Local units submit data to various state agencies via this online portal. It also allows the public to view important information about their local government from tax increment finance (TIF) districts, local government expenditure data, local budget hearings and more.

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Indiana General Assembly

Follow bills or stream sessions and committee hearings live at the Indiana General Assembly website during the state legislative session or access publications and reports including the Legislative Service Agencies annual county property tax studies.

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Indiana State Budget Agency

Find state budget information and fiscal forecasts as well as local income tax data on the State Budget Agency’s website.

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Indiana Handbook of Taxes, Revenues and Appropriations

This is the General Assembly’s “bible” of state and local government tax and budget information, prepared by the Legislative Services Agency every December for the next session of the legislature. Online editions go back to 1999.

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Indiana Code

Sometimes it’s necessary to go straight to the source. Here’s the collection of laws that govern the operation of Indiana state and local governments. Title 6 treats taxation, and Title 36 is about local government.

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To learn more about Purdue Extension’s On Local Government, contact:

Tamara Ogle

Tamara Ogle

Community Development Regional Educator




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