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For Immediate Release
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 9, 2007) - The Department of Local Government Finance announced today that assessments in Benton, Cass, Clay, Fayette, Howard, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Newton, Vanderburgh and Wabash counties have passed review. Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave said these counties have conducted assessments in accordance with state guidelines and will not be ordered to reassess.
Additionally, after hearing comments from county officials and taxpayers at a public hearing in Delaware County on Wednesday, DLGF will not call for a general reassessment. However, the DLGF will issue a directive, ordering the county assessor to revalue assessments on commercial and industrial properties only.
"The governor listened to requests of both the local elected officials and more than 350 taxpayers at the public hearing on Wednesday" said Commissioner Musgrave. "One woman's comments captured the tone of the meeting when she put local officials on notice and asked the governor not to reassess, but to focus on other relief for high property tax bills brought about by increased local spending."
Gibson County is the next in line to hold a public hearing on a reassessment. The meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2007, at 9:30 a.m., C.D.T., in the Gibson County Courthouse, Commissioners Room. The DLGF leadership will share an analysis of the initial Gibson County assessment and, afterward, will listen to public testimony regarding reassessment.
No new counties have been selected for reassessment to date; however, the DLGF is continuing to review county data and more reassessments could be ordered in the weeks ahead.
To date, 52 counties are making progress toward providing all data required for the DLGF's review. A July 23, 2007, letter issued to various counties throughout the state indicated counties have until Aug. 15, 2007, to submit their missing data, or provide a plan and timeline on when they will provide it. The DLGF will implement sanctions, which can include withholding the non-compliant county's budget order, or withholding property-tax relief credits.
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