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On March 26, 2014, Governor Pence signed into law House Enrolled Act 1266 (“HEA 1266”). HEA 1266 includes provisions that transition the process of advertising political subdivision budgets and levies from a newspaper system to an online system through the Department of Local Government Finance’s (“Department”) Gateway website. However, for 2015 only, political subdivisions will also have to publish their budgets and levies in the newspaper in the manner required in past budget years.
HEA 1266 requires that taxpayers be able to search their budget and levy notices by address on the Gateway website and that the Department must provide a telephone number by which a taxpayer can call the Department and request to have budget, levy and meeting notices sent to them by mail.
The Department is providing these tools for units to use in order to save them time and provide a consistent message. Units are encouraged to promote the website, http://www.budgetnotices.in.gov/, and phone number, (888) 739-9826, beginning in July and continue until the end of October to taxpayers and local media outlets.
Units that wish to have customized pieces or need assistance with any of the toolkit pieces, may contact Jenny Banks, Director of Communications at (317) 234-4376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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