The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

July 4, 2014

County collects $64 million in taxes

700 properties on monthly payment list

ANDERSON — The Madison County treasurer’s office took in more than $64 million in tax collections this spring.

The treasurer’s office collected $51.2 million in property taxes, delinquent taxes, penalties and interest, Chief Deputy Rick Brown said.

The office also received $7 million in excise taxes and $1.1 million in other taxes. An additional $5.2 million was collected as the property tax replacement credit.

The treasurer’s office distributed $56.5 million in property taxes to the other taxing units in Madison County.

“It’s gotten better recently,” Treasurer Kelly Gaskill said of the tax collections. “We would like to see it at about 90 percent. We’re close to that number.”

Gaskill said the amount to be collected in property taxes changes during the year because of appeals filed by property owners.

“I like to see how much we collected for the year as compared to the amounts owed after the December tax settlement,” she said. “But the collections are up.”

Brown said, as of Wednesday, a total of 700 properties have been signed up for the monthly property tax collection. To date, the county has collected $2.7 million through the program.

Gaskill started the monthly tax payment program, modeled after a program in Allen County, on Feb. 1.

“We’re thrilled at how many people have signed up,” she said.

The program is administered through an agreement with Star Financial Bank, which accepts the monthly payment on property taxes through an electronic transfer of funds.

Five Indiana counties are accepting monthly payments. Howard County was the second Indiana county to adopt the system in 2011 and is receiving monthly payments on 550 parcels, according to the Howard County treasurer’s office.

There is no charge to taxpayers to be part of the program.

Gaskill said the monthly payment plan assists property owners on a fixed income, as well as those who don’t have the taxes paid through an escrow account with a mortgage lender.

Text Only
Local Business
  • boynton, brandon photo Teen receives funding for business venture Brandon Boynton is moving forward with his business dreams, thanks in part to a local working capital loan and a fundraising campaign.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Senior housing project advances If all the pieces fall into place within the next two weeks, construction on a new senior housing development could begin this fall.

    July 30, 2014

  • Roundabout bids higher than expected Bids for a planned facelift of the gateway into Anderson from Interstate 69 at Scatterfield Road came in considerably higher than the engineer’s estimate for the project.

    July 29, 2014

  • FEA - HB0729 - Senior Falls Aging safely in the comfort of her home Marilyn Moneyhun said being totally reliant on others is difficult. "Losing your independence is a shock to your system," Moneyhun, 84, said. "You are not in control anymore."

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0728 - business expansion CB Fabricating makes $2 million investment

    A local business founded in 2006 has invested $2 million in new equipment and a building expansion.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charo Boyd: 'My Social Security' simplifies your life So many people buzz through extremely busy and complicated schedules these days. A smartphone in one hand, a computer in front of you, and a digital task list that never seems to end. In addition, to complicate things just a little more, there’s another event you need to add to your list — National Simplify Your Life week.

    July 28, 2014

  • nws - hb0725 - colts - jc - 4.jpg Colts camp's impact: pricey or priceless?

    Football fever is here and the city is flooded with fans eager to catch a glimpse of a favorite player. But officials say they are unclear what kind of economic impact the Indianapolis Colts training camp has on the area.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Skill gap 2 Seeking a solution today, not tomorrow Tina Warner-Morton says she wants to open her own healthcare business because it is too difficult to work for an employer with unclear employee expectations.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Cathy Cupboard Biz Profile Business Profile: Cathy's Cupboard focuses on customer satisfaction Cathy McPhearson opened her first storefront in June, but this is not her first venture into business. “I have always wanted to have my own business,” she said. “The problem was finding what people like, but everyone seems to like candles.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital named Level III trauma center The Trauma Center at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons.

    July 26, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide