For Immediate Release
DLGF Provides Update on Property Tax Issues
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 3, 2007) - The Department of Local Government Finance has extended the deadline until Oct. 1, 2007, for Indiana counties to consider adopting the new public-safety revenue tool, as a means of reducing the burden of property taxes. The public-safety revenue tool is one of three new local option income taxes the legislature made available to counties this year.
As part of House Enrolled Act 1478, counties may adopt a local income tax for public safety. Doing so requires the county to also provide at least this same amount of dollar-for-dollar property tax relief.
The DLGF's decision to extend the deadline, in accordance with state statute, is in response to several counties who have requested additional time to consider this option. On July 11, Governor Mitch Daniels extended the deadline until Oct. 1, 2007, for counties to consider the two other local income tax options. Since that time, seven counties have adopted the options, with Warren County adopting new income tax options as recently as Tuesday. As a result, the average property tax bill in Warren County will be reduced by approximately 5 percent in 2008.
Five Counties' Assessments Pass Review
Furthermore, the DLGF announced that assessments in Dubois, Hamilton, Hendricks, Tippecanoe and Washington were all conducted within state guidelines. The DLGF will not call for reassessments in these counties.
"The efforts of these counties demonstrate a general sense of thoroughness and accuracy toward conducting fair assessments" DLGF Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave said. "These assessors provided model service to their communities."
DLGF sent letters to various counties throughout the state on July 23, requesting critical detailed assessment data. To date, six counties have provided that data, and another 14 are near to being compliant. The DLGF has offered assistance to counties to help them become compliant, going so far as to offer specialized information-technology experts to county offices. Clark County has requested this specialized assistance.
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