For Immediate Release
DLGF provides county property tax summaries
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 24, 2007) - The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) today released summaries to provide taxpayers information about property taxes in their counties. These summaries are the first compilation of this information by county in Indiana.
"Hoosier taxpayers have never had this kind of property tax information available," Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave said. "We are cutting through the confusion by providing taxpayers with information they need to understand their property taxes."
At the direction of Governor Daniels, the Department developed the summaries and compiled information on each county in a simple format. Each county summary provides a property tax breakdown for 2006 and 2007 and shows the shift of property tax burden between property classes. Additionally, the summaries break down where each property tax dollar goes, show a 2006-2007 comparison of local spending by unit and list recent debt issued by unit. Finally, the summaries reveal how much local spending has changed over a 10-year period and compare it to the rate of inflation.
Summaries represent the best information available to the Department as of October 2007. Because some counties have not provided complete data to the Department, information in the summaries may vary.
The documents are the latest effort by the Department in making property tax information more readily available to Hoosier taxpayers. These efforts include searchable, online databases providing sales disclosure and assessment information on properties statewide. The tools can assist taxpayers in the assessment appeal process and enable Hoosiers to search for other properties in the area defined as a neighborhood by their assessor.
The individual county summaries are available on the DLGF's Web site at http://www.in.gov/dlgf.
Contact: Department of Local Government Finance at 317-232-3777
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