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For Immediate Release
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 7, 2007) - The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) today announced it will hold public hearings in seven counties to determine if reassessments will be ordered there. Additionally, DLGF released 14 counties, whose assessments have passed the initial review process.
The counties to receive public hearings are Adams (industrial), Blackford (industrial), Ohio (commercial and industrial), Parke (commercial and industrial), Ripley (industrial), Scott (commercial and industrial), and Switzerland (commercial and industrial.) Each of these counties have high percentages of unchanged commercial and/or industrial values, as well as other factors that prompted the need for further review.
"Local feedback is crucial in making the decision to order a reassessment," Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave said. "I encourage the public to take an active role in this process and attend their local public hearings."
Dates for the public hearings in each county will be forthcoming and updated on the Department's Web site at http://www.in.gov/dlgf/ as they are scheduled.
The Department released the following counties: Carroll, Clinton, Decatur, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Jasper, LaPorte, Morgan, Randolph, Rush, Union, and White.
"Officials in these counties conducted assessments in accordance with state guidelines and demonstrated due diligence in conducting the original assessments," Commissioner Musgrave said.
Taxpayers in these counties may still appeal their assessments if they feel they have been inaccurately valued. Indiana law does not require taxpayers to submit appraisals to appeal their assessment.
The announcement today brings the total number of counties released to 59. The total number of counties proceeding with the reassessment process is 17, including four counties for which a reassessment order or directive has been issued (Delaware, Gibson, Marion and Posey.) DLGF is still reviewing the remaining 16 counties.
Data Compliance Update
To date, the Department has received 96.6 percent of all "Priority Data" - 2006 Sales, 2007 Auditor and 2007 Assessor - from counties. Of the data received, 50 percent is compliant, while the remainder is in review or noncompliant.
School Projects, Budgets and Emergency Loans Update
Commissioner Musgrave signed several orders for school projects, county budgets, and emergency loans for counties that are data compliant. These orders were held up until required data was submitted by counties. The data requested are required by law and were originally due between 6 months and 11 months ago. The data help policymakers make informed decisions about long-term solutions to increasing property taxes.
The projects are listed below.
Orleans Community School Corporation - Orange County
Noblesville School Corporation - Hamilton County
Westfield-Washington Schools - Hamilton County
Warrick County School Corporation - Warrick County
Perry Township Fire Emergency Loan - Marion County
Pike Township Fire Emergency Loan - Marion County
Lawrence Township Fire Emergency Loan - Marion County
Jackson Township Fire Emergency Loan - Morgan County
Lynnville Civil Town Loan to Establish Fire Territory - Warrick County
Ray Township New Fire Levy - Morgan County
Ray Township Re-establish Unit Levy - Morgan County
Audio broadcast of Commissioner Musgrave’s media briefing on this topic
Contact: Department of Local Government Finance at 317-232-3777
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