The owner of a rural Buckeye Township house valued at $100,000 will pay about $1,100 less in property taxes over the next year than the owner of a house worth the same amount in Eldora. The difference between those rates — and the rates that other Hardin County property owners pay — illustrates the struggle local governments face as they try to fund the services residents have come to expect, while dealing with the repercussions of shrinking rural population.
A comparison of this year’s tax rates for Hardin County’s cities and rural areas shows a spread from the lowest tax rate in the county — $21.92 in a portion of Buckeye Township — to the highest, which is $42.35 in Eldora. Throughout Hardin County, rural property owners pay lower taxes than their in-town counterparts. The highest rural taxes in Hardin County are in Providence Township, at $26.84, versus the lowest city taxes, which are $27.69 in the town of Buckeye.