1 E Main Street, Suite 405
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm
Chief Deputy Assessor
Sam Walker, AAS, RES
Senior Real Estate Appraisal Deputy
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Wayne Township Assessor's Office Staff Cerficiations & Education (PDF) Updated 09/15/2014
Beverly Zuber, Wayne Township Assessor
A message from your Wayne Township Assessor:
I would like to invite every property owner, in Wayne Township, to take an active role in the assessing process. When you look at your assessed value and have questions or disagree with the value, please contact our office. You may not get the answer that you want, but at least you will understand how we arrived at the value we came to.
Your phone calls are extremely important and have a tremendous impact on our work:
Without your input, we have to assume that our information is correct. Please, take an active role in your assessed value.
Wayne Township Assessor
Attention Rental Property Owners and Investors: New House Enrolled Act 1195 Affects Rental Property Valuation
For further information on rental properties, please visit the Allen County Assessor's Rental Property webpage.
*New* Starting in 2014, Wayne Township will begin conducing a Cyclical Reassessment which will replace the General Reassessment that was done every ten years. During a four year period, every property within Wayne Township will be physically inspected, completing one quarter of the work each year. At the end of the four year cycle, the process will begin anew. This will help ensure that all records are as current and up to date as possible with regards to physical attributes of the property.
In order to gain as much information as possible for each given property, we ask all property owners to complete a reassessment questionnaire which will ask questions regarding the interior of the property. You will recieve a questionnaire in person at the time we visit the property. As Assessors, we gather all of our information from the exterior of a property. The more information we have, the better the data we have and the better the assessments will become. Please take time to complete an online reassessment questionnaire, listed below, or you may return the physical questionnaire to our office by mail, email or fax.
What We Do
Sales Verification - When a property is sold, a Sales Disclosure form is filled out and filed with the County Assessor. The Real Estate Records Deputies uses the information from the Sales Disclosure to determine the validity of the sale. Phone calls, questionnaires and personal interviews are also conducted to ensure accurate validity of property sales. This process is extremely important as Annual Trending is based on market sales. The more accurate our information is, the more accurate our property values are.
Fieldwork - Conducted by the Real Estate Appraisal Deputies, fieldwork is held to ensure all property information is accurate and uniform. Field inspections are executed based on permits issued by the Building Department, appeals, phone calls or neighborhood evaluations. All information is gathered from the exterior of the property unless a request is made by the property owner to do an interior inspection.
Annual Trending - Per the laws of the State of Indiana, all properties must be reevaluated based on sales every year. This helps ensure there is not a "sticker shock" increase or decrease at the time of General Reassessment. Annual Trending is the process that converts all properties to market value based on the two previous years of sales prior to the assessment date.
Appeals - With assessments done on a mass appraisal basis, there may be times when a property falls either higher or lower to the median for the neighborhood. The appeals process is a right given to all property owners to contest their property values. Only when directed by the taxpayers are we able to review property assessments on a property-by-property basis. It is extremely important that any and all assessment errors are corrected through the appeal process, therefore creating more accurate assessments for the future. The staff of the Wayne Township Assessor's Office encourages anyone who questions their assessment to file an appeal. For futher information regarding appeals, please visit the Allen County Assessor's Appeals/PTABOA Page.
Reassessment - In 2012, the latest General Reassessment was completed. The General Reassessment is a time when every property within Wayne Township is visited and inspected, to make sure all property records are correct and accurate, adding and removing any features as needed. A Rolling (or Cyclical) Reassessment is the same as the General Reassessment, except that only a certain percentage of the properties are reviewed, instead of all at one time. This gives the opprotunity to visit properties more often then every 10 years to keep information as accurate as possible. Within the 4 years of a Rolling Reassessment, every property will be visited, at which point the cycle starts over.
Personal Property - Every year, each business within the township must file personal property returns on all equipment used to generate income. These forms are a self assessment and filed with the Assessor. Once all returns are entered and audited, values are established for the following tax year. For further information regarding personal property assessments, please visit the Allen County Assessor's Personal Property Page.
To schedule an appointment for a field inspection, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office by submitting an EMail. We will contact you at our earliest available time.
For all assessment information outside of Wayne Township including any commercial or industrial properties, non-taxable properties and inheritance taxes, please contact the Allen County Assessor's Office (260.449.7123)
Questions regarding property tax exepmtions, deductions, tax rates and property tax calculations, please contact the Allen County Auditor's Office (260.449.7241)
Questions regarding property tax payments collected, billed or due, please contact the Allen County Treasurer's Office (260.449.7693)
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