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.

Hardin County Property Tax Chart

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.

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