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Afternoon Update

Local News

January 17, 2014

County budgets in limbo

State waiting on data from county

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She said the Auditor’s office hopes to submit the certified assessed value amounts to the DLGF by Wednesday.

Mauck said a report on assessed values run Thursday found more than 700 errors, which are being corrected.

“The DLGF is doing the preliminary work on our budget,” she said. “Once the certified assessed values are provided to the state it can approve the budgets and tax rates.

Assessor Larry Davis said his office has been making progress on providing the information to the Auditor’s office since he took office in 2011.

“Last year, we got the information to the Auditor in November and the year before it was October,” he said. “The goal is to get the values to the Auditor in July or August.”

Davis said his office heard 4,800 appeals on assessed value in 2013 and has brought that number down.

“We inherited a lot of appeals that were backlogged,” he said. “We heard an appeal recently that was filed in 2004.”

Davis said on March 1 of every year the Assessor’s office has to set an assessed value on every property in the county.

“We want to get the information to the Auditor as quickly as possible,” he said.

Madison County Treasurer Kelly Gaskill said she was getting a little nervous about sending out the May property tax bills.

She said last year the bills were mailed 30 days before the May 10 due date and the state requires them be mailed 15 days prior to the due date.

“We’re waiting on the Assessor and Auditor offices,” Gaskill said.

The DLGF approved the 2014 budgets for Hancock County on Dec. 17 and Henry County on Jan. 9. The state agency is currently reviewing the budgets for Tipton, Hamilton, Grant and Delaware counties.

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