The goal of the Auditor’s office is to maintain consistent and professional service to the taxpayers in a timely manner. We are committed to providing accurate accounting, reporting and auditing services to the citizens and governmental units in accordance with Federal, State and local laws.


The People

Elkhart County Auditor

Patricia A. Pickens

About the Elkhart County Auditor

The Auditor is the County's Chief Financial Officer. The Auditor is responsible for all receipts, disbursements, the development of financial statements, and for the completion of the County's annual reports for review by the State Board of Accounts. The Auditor is also responsible for maintaining payroll for all of Elkhart County's employees.

Additionally, the office handles all transfers of ownership of real property to maintain the tax rolls, maintains property boundary information on the County GIS system, calculates property tax for all real, personal, mobile homes, and special assessments and maintains the TIF areas in the county.

The Auditor also serves as Secretary to the County Council.  The Auditor maintains all budgets, additional appropriations, transfers, and abatement applications as well as the minutes of all County Council proceedings.

Homestead Deduction Notice

The Auditor’s office is continuing to audit all Homestead deductions.  For current and changing laws regarding this deduction, go to the DLGF website.


Any individual who changes the use of their homestead property and fails to file a certified statement with the Auditor of the county, within 60 days after the date of the change, is liable for the amount of the deduction allowable for the real property, plus a civil penalty of 10% of the additional taxes.


A change of use of or title change to the property may disqualify it for a homestead deduction or require the deduction to be re-filed.

If you receive correspondence from our department with regard to your deduction, please contact us immediately to resolve discrepancies.

Indiana Gateway for Government Units

Gateway collects and provides access to information about how taxes and other public dollars are budgeted and spent by Indiana's local units of government.

(b) A political subdivision shall prominently display on the main Internet web page of the political subdivision's Internet web site the link provided by the department to the Indiana transparency Internet web site established under IC 5-14-3.7.

Indiana Gateway for Government Units is the collection platform for local units of government to submit required data to the State of Indiana, as well as a public access tool for citizens. It represents a unique partnership between the State of Indiana and the Indiana Business Research Center at IU's Kelley School of Business, with initial support from the Lilly Endowment and sustainable support from the State of Indiana.

Participating state agencies currently include the Department of Local Government Finance, the State Board of Accounts, and the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board.

Indiana Gateway

Budget Notices for Local Government

The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance and the Indiana Business Research Center have made budget notices available via as part of the Information for Indiana Initiative.

Through the site, you can view the proposed budget and property tax levy notices and public hearing information for your county, for specific properties, and sign up for budget alerts via email.

Annual Statistical Reports