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Department of Local Government Finance

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For Immediate Release

DLGF launches more Web-based taxpayer tools

INDIANAPOLIS (December 13, 2007) – The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) today announced the addition of two tools to its Web site, giving taxpayers access to more information than ever before. Citizens will be able to access property tax billing information or watch and hear testimony on proposed projects in their area.

“Now more than ever before, Hoosiers want access to all the property tax information available to them,” Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave said. “The DLGF is committed to providing free access to this information so taxpayers can ensure their money is being spent wisely and efficiently.”

The first tool provides property tax billing information for virtually every county available online through a searchable database, allowing the public to review property tax bill data submitted by county auditors.

This is the first time property tax billing data has been available to the public in this format.

“Citizens interested in viewing their current property tax information and comparing it with past years’ bills will be able to do so with our easily accessible property tax search engine,” Commissioner Musgrave said. "Thanks to collective efforts by the Indiana Office of Technology, IN.gov and the DLGF, we were able to provide this wonderful service to Hoosiers across the state – and Hoosier tax payers beyond our borders.”

Potential uses for this data are many and varied. For example, taxpayers can use this database to verify the information their county has on file and compare their current property tax bill to past property tax bills or with the property tax bills of comparable property. County auditors can use this information to see if there is a homestead deduction claimed by individuals in more than one county. Additionally, auditors can use this information to easily check if a taxpayer has delinquent taxes in other counties.

Additionally, the DLGF will begin providing video of the Tax Control Board meetings on the Web site at http://www.dlgf.in.gov/, along with a summary of the meeting minutes and audio files from each meeting, which became available this fall.

“Working Hoosiers unable to attend these meetings will now have the ability to view the proceedings and hear first hand how local officials propose using their property tax dollars,” Commissioner Musgrave said. “By providing this service, DLGF is striving for better accessibility to the public and greater accountability of local officials.”

The first video available is from the School Property Tax Control Board meeting held on Dec. 6, 2007. The DLGF will soon post video of today’s Local Government Property Tax Control Board.

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The tools are the latest in several additions made to the DLGF’s Web site, making property tax information more readily available and transparent to Hoosier taxpayers. This fall, the DLGF launched its first searchable databases, which provide 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 DLGF also prepared county summaries to provide taxpayers with information about property taxes and budgets of governmental units in their area.

The search tools and information are available from the DLGF's home page at www.in.gov/dlgf

Contact: Department of Local Government Finance at 317-232-3777

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