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If you are outside the Madison city limits, you must first contact the Jefferson County Surveyor’s Office to get a building permit. If you are within the city limits, contact the City of Madison Planning Commission to get your permit. After you have an approved permit, you may contact the 911 Administrative Office to receive your new address.
An applicant must contact the Seymour Office of the Indiana Department of Transportation in order to obtain a driveway permit. The following telephone numbers, locations, and working hours shall be used in referring the applicant to the District:
Fax Number: 812-522-7658
185 Agrico Lane
Seymour, IN 47274
Email Seymour Department of Transportation
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Individual property tax bills are calculated by the County Auditor and mailed by the County Treasurer.
The Department of Local Government Finance issues a budget order for each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The budget order is a critical document in calculating tax bills - a county-level function. The order contains the state's certification of the approved budget, the estimated assessed value, the tax rate and the levy for each fund of each taxing unit in a county. The order also gives the total tax rate and property tax replacement credit (PTRC) rate, homestead credit rate and the local homestead credit rate for each taxing district.
Deductions work by reducing the amount of assessed value a taxpayer pays on a given parcel of property. To file for the Homestead Credit or another deduction, call the County Auditor at 812-265-8907, who can also advise if you have already filed.
The Department of Local Government Finance recently made tools available on our website to better keep taxpayers informed about property taxes and assessments on homes. One of these tools is a sales disclosure search, which allows you to search properties in any Indiana county and see the sales price during a specific calendar year. You can either look by specific property address or using general street information. This information is also used by real estate professionals to compare similar properties to determine fair selling prices.
To learn more, view home prices page.
You can download forms from the website of the Indiana Commission on Public Records at Indiana Archives and Records Administration.
If you need assistance or have questions about completing any forms, contact us.
For more information, please see General Property Tax Information or call 317-232-3777.
Property taxes represent a property owner’s portion of the local government’s budgeted spending for the previous year. Increases or decreases depend upon a local government’s fiscal management, the assessed valuation of a property and/or local tax rates, which are based on the budget proposals submitted by local government taxing entities that provide services to each community.
To calculate an individual’s property tax bill, the county official takes the tax rate multiplied by the assessed value after all deductions are subtracted and after all state credits (homestead and property tax replacement credits) are applied. Tax rates are determined by dividing the estimated amount of funds to be raised by the local unit of government by the net assessed value of all property in a county, minus the applicable deductions.
Deductions work by reducing the amount of assessed value a taxpayer pays on a given parcel of property. Information on what deductions are available and the qualifications can be located on our Web site.
To file for the Homestead Credit or another deduction, contact the County Auditor, who can also advise if you have already filed.
The Department of Local Government Finance issues a budget order for each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The budget order is a critical document in calculating tax bills – a county-level function. The order contains the state's certification of the approved budget, the estimated assessed value, the tax rate and the levy for each fund of each taxing unit in a county. The order also gives the total tax rate and property tax replacement credit (PTRC) rate, homestead credit rate and the local homestead credit rate for each taxing district.
For information about when you will receive your property tax bill or for questions related to your bill, please contact the County Treasurer or your County Auditor.
To view past property tax billing information, please see Department of Local Government Finance.
If you missed the deadline to file for a tax deduction, you may still be eligible for a deduction in the following tax year.
To file for the Homestead Credit or another deduction, contact the County Auditor, who can also advise if you have already filed.
For more information, view Missed My Deadline Page.
Please bring your Indiana Driver’s License or ID and the last 5 digits of your social security number.
$10 fee for filing a sales disclosure form, as well as a $5 per parcel transfer fee.
No, for real property, you do not need to refile each year. The only instance where you would need to file each year is if you live in a personal property mobile home, you will need to bring a copy of your title or a copy of a land contract each year to refile for your homestead per IC.
Yes, you must refile for a mortgage deduction, even for refinancing. The recorders will have a copy of your mortgage information on file.
You’re adjusted gross income cannot exceed $25,000 combined household income and your property assessment cannot exceed $182,430. For the circuit breaker, your adjusted income cannot exceed $30,000 individual, $40,000 combined and property assessment cannot exceed $160,000.
You will need to start your process at the Veteran’s Service Office in the Jefferson County Annex, located at 315 Jefferson Street.
Use the Safety Belt Fit Test on every child under 13 you transport. Remember too, that all children under age 13 should ride properly restrained in a back seat.
Yes. Babies are very flexible and it is okay for their legs to bend when they are in a rear-facing car seat. They are much safer from serious injury in the rear-facing position with their legs bent than if they were riding forward facing.
Research shows that babies are better protected if they stay rear-facing as long as possible. In fact, a recent study found that children in their second year of life are 5 times less likely to die or have serious injuries in a crash if they are rear-facing. In order to keep your child rear-facing longer, you will need to choose a car seat with rear-facing weight limits of about 30 to 35 pounds. If your car seat only rear-faces to 20 to 22 pounds, you may need to move your baby into an infant only or convertible car seat with a higher rear-facing weight limit.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children should ride facing the rear as long as possible and to the highest weight and length allowed by the manufacturer of the seat.
The risk of severe injury to your baby is greatly reduced by using a rear-facing car seat. Rear-facing helps support your child's entire body and protects them better from an injury, especially to the spine.
Custodial parents, non-custodial parents, and legal guardians can apply for child support services regardless of their level of income.
You may pick up an application for services at the Prosecutor’s Office Child Support Division or print out the application online at: https://www.in.gov/dcs/2483.htm. Completed applications should be delivered to the Child Support Division of the Prosecutor’s Office (located directly behind the Jefferson County Courthouse in Downtown Madison) in person or by mail to 315 ½ E Second St. Madison, IN 47250.
No. You will need to seek the advice of an attorney outside of the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office regarding those issues.
Yes. In Indiana, the Child Support Guidelines are used to calculate child support and take into consideration the income of both parents.
Federal regulations require the Child Support Division to open cases and establish accounts at the request of either parent. Support payments must be paid to the agency specified in the court order (usually the Jefferson County Clerk) for the other parent to receive credit. GENERALLY, NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR PAYMENTS MADE TO THE CUSTODIAL PARENT OR IN-KIND PAYMENTS SUCH AS PURCHASE OF CLOTHING, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, RENT, ETC. Paying through the Clerk will ensure an accurate record of your payments. Payments should always clearly identify the case number and for whom the payment is made.
Then the Prosecutor’s Office can file a paternity action to establish Paternity in your case.
Paternity is fatherhood. Establishing paternity simply means to make the biological father the "legal" father.
Both parents and the child have the right to a parent-child relationship. Both parents and the child deserve an opportunity to develop, enjoy and grow in this relationship. Both parents have the right to know and the responsibility to support their own son or daughter.
IDENTITY: It is important to know who we are. Your child has the right to the sense of belonging that comes from knowing both parents.
MONEY: The law requires both parents to support their children. This is true even with an unplanned pregnancy. Children supported by one parent often do not have enough money for their needs.
BENEFITS: Your child has the right to other benefits from both parents. These benefits may include Social Security, insurance benefits, inheritance rights, veteran's and other types of benefits.
MEDICAL: Your child may need a complete Medical history from the families of both parents. This could include inherited health problems.
The father has the opportunity to be a father to the child. He can experience the companionship and rewards that come with spending time with his child. The father has the right to establish and maintain a relationship with his child, as well as an obligation to financially support his child.
The age of the father or mother is not relevant under paternity establishment laws.
Indiana law permits a paternity action to be started any time before the child reaches the age of 21.
It means you must provide any information or documents needed by the Child Support Division to establish paternity and/or locate the parent, and to get support payments for your child.
The coroner has jurisdiction over all deaths that occur in their county under suspicious, unusual or unnatural circumstances. The coroner may also be involved in natural deaths that were unattended by a physician.
The coroner will actually investigate approximately 12% of the deaths in their county and 60% of those may be natural deaths.
No. Death certificates are the responsibility of the vital records division of the county health department. The coroner will sign the certificate for coroner cases and then turn the certificate over to the health department for completion.
The certificate is to be filed within 72 hours, but the cause and manner of death can be deferred pending further investigation.
In the state of Indiana the autopsy must be performed by a Board Certified Pathologist.
There are a number of reasons autopsies are performed.
However, the basic reason is to determine the cause and manner of death when it is not known, also to gather evidence for presentation in a court of law.
The Commissioners represent all citizens of Jefferson County. However, each Commissioner resides in the District they serve.
Jefferson County is broken down into 3 districts; an upper, middle and lower.
View the map of districts and to see who your Commissioner is (PDF).
All Commissioners meetings are held twice a month at 5:00pm in the Commissioners office at:
300 E Main Street
Madison, Indiana 47250
For a complete list view the Commissioners Meetings (PDF).
Yes! We encourage the public to come to as many meetings as they choose. If you are unable to attend a meeting, our agendas and minutes are posted on the homepage and Madison TV15 records and broadcasts each meeting. View Madison TV15.
Upon occasion, the Commissioners will be required to meet in an executive session. Executive Sessions are not open to the public. During an executive session, Commissioners are only allowed to only discuss certain topics according to IC 5-14-1.5-6.1. The topic that will be discussed will be posted on the agenda.
The Open-Door Law does not guarantee the right to speak at public meetings. However, the President of the Board of Commissioners may open the floor to public comment to address matters which are related to County Government. If you are called upon to speak, please state your name and address the entire board and not just one person. Please limit your comments to 5 minutes. The President of the Board of Commissioners shall control the amount of time each person is allowed to speak.
Agenda requests should be submitted to the Commissioners Office at least 48 hours before the meeting. View Agenda request Form.
All Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm in the Commissioner’s office at:300 E Main StreetRoom 103Madison, Indiana 47250
View a complete list of the Council Meetings (PDF).
Yes! We encourage the public to come to as many meetings as they choose. If you are unable to attend a meeting, our agendas and minutes are posted on the homepage and Madison TV15 records and broadcasts each meeting. View Madison TV 15.
The Open - Door Law does not guarantee the right to speak at public meetings. However, the President of the County Council may open the floor to public comment to address matters which are related to County Government. If you are called upon to speak, please state your name and address the entire board and not just one person. Please limit your comments to 5 minutes. The President of the County Council shall control the amount of time each person is allowed to speak.
Agenda requests should be submitted to the Auditors Office at least 48 hours before the meeting. View Agenda Request Form (PDF).
Get to higher ground and evacuate if flooding is possible.
Learn more by viewing Floods Page.
Put larger objects on lower shelves and lighter ones on the top.
View Earthquakes page.
Anyone wishing to file an action on their own without counsel may visit the government website to search for forms. The only forms provided by the Circuit Court is the “Application for Emergency Detention of Mentally Ill and/or Dangerous Person.”
The Court’s general practice is not to appoint legal counsel in civil proceedings. Indiana statute provides a defendant in criminal proceedings the right to court-appointed counsel if they are unable to afford legal representation.
Lead can be found in drinking water. Make it a habit to:
Lead can be found in homes built before 1978, especially prior to 1950, so assume the paint contains lead. Make it a habit to:
Lead can be found in the soil from both peeling paint chips that fall from a house and past use of leaded gasoline. Exhaust from leaded gasoline settled onto roadways in urban areas and rainwater caused the lead to runoff and settle into the ground. Make it a habit to:
Yes, lead testing is provided for children under the age of 6 by appointment. Testing is free and requires only a fingerstick. Children with Medicaid must see their physician for lead testing. Call your local health department or your physician for more information about this test. The Indiana Department of Health recommends that children have this test by age two.
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Most types of mold that are routinely encountered are not hazardous to healthy individuals. However, too much exposure to mold may cause or worsen conditions like asthma, hay fever, or other allergies. The most common symptoms of overexposure are cough, congestion, runny nose, eye irritation, and aggravation of asthma. Depending on the amount of exposure and a person's individual vulnerability, more serious health effects, like fevers and breathing problems, can occur but are unusual.
Typically, indoor air levels of Stachybotrys are low; however, as with other types of mold, at higher levels, health effects can occur. These include allergic rhinitis (cold-like symptoms), dermatitis (rashes), sinusitis, conjunctivitis, and aggravation of asthma. Some related symptoms are more general, like inability to concentrate and fatigue. Usually, symptoms disappear after the contamination is removed. There has been some evidence linking Stachybotrys with pulmonary hemosiderosis in infants who are generally less than six months old. Pulmonary hemosiderosis is an uncommon condition that results from bleeding in the lungs. In studied cases of pulmonary hemosiderosis, the exposure to Stachybotrys came from highly contaminated dwellings, where the infants were continually exposed over a long period of time.
When moldy material becomes damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air. Exposure can occur if people inhale the spores, directly handle moldy materials, or accidentally ingest it. Also, mold can sometimes produce chemicals called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins may cause illness in people who are sensitive to them or if they are exposed to large amounts in the air. Large exposures are typically associated with certain occupations (e.g., agricultural work).
Many molds are black in appearance but are not botrys. For example, the black mold commonly found between bathroom tiles is not Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys can be positively identified only by specially trained professionals (e.g., mycologists) through a microscopic exam.
All molds need water to grow. Mold can grow almost anywhere there is water damage, high humidity, or dampness. Most often molds are confined to areas near the source of water. Removing the source of moisture, such as through repairs or dehumidification, is critical to preventing mold growth.
Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears. Persons cleaning mold should be free of symptoms and allergies. Small areas of mold should be cleaned using a detergent/soapy solution or an appropriate household cleaner. Gloves should be worn during cleaning. The cleaned area should then be thoroughly dried. Dispose of any sponges or rags used to clean mold. If the mold returns quickly or spreads, it may indicate an underlying problem such as a leak. Any underlying water problems must be fixed to successfully eliminate mold problems. If mold contamination is extensive, a professional abatement company may need to be consulted.
Mold (fungi) is present everywhere indoors and outdoors. There are more than 100,000 species of mold. At least 1,000 species of mold are common in the U.S. Some of the most commonly found are species of Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. Mold is most likely to grow where there is water or dampness, as in bathrooms and basements.
Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra) is a type of mold that has been associated with health effects in people. It is a greenish-black mold that can grow on materials with a high cellulose content, like drywall sheetrock, dropped ceiling tiles, and wood, that become chronically moist or water-damaged, due to excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, or flooding.
Although any visible mold can be sampled by an environmental consultant and/or analyzed by a laboratory specializing in microbiology, these tests can be very expensive, from hundreds to thousands of dollars. There is no simple and cheap way to sample the air in your home to find out what types of mold are present and whether they are airborne. Even if you have your home tested, it is difficult to say at what levels health effects would occur. Therefore, it is more important to get rid of the mold rather than find out more about it.
The most effective way to treat mold is to correct underlying water damage and clean the affected area.
For more information about the health effects of mold exposure and the safe removal of mold, please call the Indiana State Department of Health's Office of Indoor and Radiologic Health, at 317-233-7147.
If you believe that you or your children have symptoms that you suspect are caused by exposure to mold, you should see a physician. Keep in mind that many symptoms associated with mold exposure may also be caused by many other illnesses. You should tell your physician about the symptoms and about when, how, and for how long you think you or your children were exposed.
No, you must call during office hours. You may leave a message and we will return your call.
Please do not leave multiple messages with the same information/questions.
No, Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections are all separate departments located in separate locations.
All fees are paid to the Jefferson County Clerk:
2nd floor, Courthouse
Madison, IN 47250
Yes. If the closure is due to inclement weather, all appointments will be rescheduled.
A criminal action cannot begin without an investigation by a law enforcement agency. Criminal activity must be referred to a law enforcement agency for an investigation. Our Investigator can direct you towards the appropriate agency.
The Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office will request a No-Contact Order for victims of a crime as part of filing new criminal charges. Without the filing of charges, a private citizen may apply for a Civil Protective Order at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office located in the Courthouse.
Once a law enforcement agency is contacted to investigate the commission of a crime, and charges are filed, the Prosecutor retains sole discretion in the disposition of that case. It is the Prosecutor’s duty to represent the interests of the greater community and the laws of the State of Indiana.Our office policy is that once a person is charged with a crime, the presumption will be that that individual will be prosecuted. However, the victim has the right to be heard and the Prosecutor will take this position into consideration when deciding the appropriate course of action.
A Court may order a person who is convicted of a crime to pay restitution to the victim, the victim’s family, or the victim’s estate for certain expenses related to the crime. Restitution payments may be ordered for property damage, medical and hospital bills, funeral and burial costs, or other items determined appropriate by the Court. These payments are to be made through the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. If you are the victim of a crime and you believe you are owed restitution, please submit documentation of expenses related to the crime to the Victim Advocate.
It is the policy of the Jefferson County Recorder to not accept blanket documents.
Restrictive covenants are filed with the recorder's office. Covenants can exist either as separate documents or as part of the original plat of the subdivision. On rare occasions, neighborhood associations also record their bylaws.
The Jefferson County Recorder's Office provides blank copies of the Assumed Business Name. No other forms or templates are provided by the Recorder’s Office.
The Recorder's Office is a state constitutional office and as such, fees charged by the Recorder's Office (such as the $1 per page cost of copies) are established under Indiana Code 36-2-7.
Recording requirements are set by Indiana Code 36-2-11.
Consult an attorney to make certain you are executing a deed or instrument which transfers the property rights and interests you wish to transfer.
In order to record a properly prepared deed or instrument, it must first have been submitted to the Jefferson County Assessor's Office and the Jefferson County Auditor's Office. The Jefferson County Assessor will require a sales disclosure form to be filed prior to recording, if the transaction is non-exempt.
You may dissolve an assumed business name by filing a Dissolution of Assumed Business Name.
The deed to your home or property is a public record available in the Recorder's Office. In many cases, it costs $2 or less to obtain a copy of your deed from the Recorder's Office. To obtain a copy of your deed, you will need to provide the owner's name, the property's legal description and an approximate date of purchase. This office can not locate properties by key numbers or by addresses.
You are required under Indiana Code 23-15-1-1 to file a fictitious business name statement for a variety of different reasons. This document, known as a Certificate of Assumed Business Name, should be filed in the recorder's office in the county in which you are doing business. This is only for Individuals, sole-proprietorships, or general partnerships conducting business under a name other than their real name. All other types of businesses should go to State of Indiana Website.
The Recorder’s Office accepts cash, check, cashier’s check, money order, credit or debit cards.
Birth and death certificates are found in the Jefferson County Health Department.
State Tax liens and judgements of any kind are found in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.
Marriage licenses are obtained in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.
The Recorder's Office is committed to providing excellent customer service. However, for liability reasons, our office does not provide search services nor give out recording information over the phone. Customers may search the General Index themselves for recorded documents. Our records are available to the public with exception of military discharges during office hours. If you cannot come into the office, you may send a representative or contact a title company for assistance. Check the yellow pages for listings.
To request copies of recorded documents by mail you must include payment of $1 per page for the copy or copies (or $5 per copy or copies of pages larger than 11x17) and have the recording number or the book and page number. If you do not have this information, come in person or send a representative to the Jefferson County Recorder's Office or contact a title company to do a search for you and then place the copy order.
Certification is an additional $5.
Apply for a gun permit online.
You can find the registry online.
The judge is not a lawyer for either side. A judge is never permitted to give you legal advice about how to proceed with your case or tell you what you should or should not do. The court staff and clerks are not lawyers and so cannot give you legal advice. They also are not permitted to give you any help or advice about how best to handle your case.
If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney of your choosing to obtain advice and instructions about what law applies to your case. The lawyer can tell you what the law allows and does not allow; can advise you about rules of procedure and rules of evidence. The judge, and court staff and clerks can never do this.
You must correctly complete all paperwork and forms. You must file your paperwork properly and on time. You must always give the other side a copy of any and all paperwork or forms you file with the court. While the court staff and clerks can show you where you can find forms you might find helpful in presenting or defending your case, they can never tell you what words to say or write on the forms.
No. Our court system is designed to be an adversarial system. This permits each party to present their side and their evidence to the judge in the presence of each other. This way, each party knows and sees everything the judge hears, sees and considers in order to decide the case.
Rules from the Indiana Supreme Court strictly forbid judges from hearing evidence or talking about a case unless both sides have received a notice to appear in court and are given a chance to present their side of the case. A judge is not allowed to only listen to one side of the case if the other party has not had the chance to be present in court. This would not be fair.
If you write a letter or send an email, the judge will not write back. Anything you send to the court, you must also send to the other party. There can never be any one-sided communication with the judge about your case. When anyone tries to talk to or communicate with a judge about any case and the other side is not present, this is called ex parte communication and is not permitted by the Code of Judicial Conduct.
If the survey was ever recorded, the Jefferson County Recorder’s office will have it on file.
Unfortunately, the Jefferson County Surveyor’s Office cannot recommend any one company or person over another.
You will need to contact Jefferson County Central Dispatch at 812-265-2648 and they will dispatch an Animal Control Officer.
If you feel that your neighbor has built on your property and an agreement cannot be reached between you and your neighbor, this would be a private legal issue and you would need to consult a real estate attorney.
You may also be advised to have a boundary survey carried out.
Tax bills are mailed once a year in mid-April with both installment remittance slips included. Payments must be received by the deadline to avoid late fee penalties.
You can calculate an Estimate of your bill online.Choose Jefferson County, Select a tax district from the drop down box at the top of the form. Enter an assessed value for the property. Next select any deductions that may apply to the parcel by clicking on the check boxes. Finally, click on the “Calculate This Bill” button to get an estimated bill.
Fill out a Form SF180 and send it the NPRC or come into the office and your CVSO can help fill out the form and fax it to the National Personnel Records Center for you.