tax confusion continues
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Dont be confused by the Notice of Assessment you
received in the mail last week, the hype coming from some lawmakers,
or the panic induced by local radio station WSCH concerning your
property taxes. Thats the message from Ripley County Assessor
As the air waves blared that local landowners were suffering from
property tax increase, Bushhorn cautioned, We dont even
have the actual tax rate yet to compute these figures.
Last week some property owners in Center Township received their
State Form 21366 & 45650, which is a Notice of Assessment of
Land & Structures. Plainly on the form that shows the last assessment
compared to the new one effective March 1, there is a disclaimer
that reads, This change in value is due to the annual adjustment
for trending based on the sales in your area. If you have any questions
you can call the Assessors Office at 689-5656. No where
does it give the new tax figures.
The landowner who took his assessment to the media had not called
the Assessor last Thursday when the story aired saying he would
owe as much as $26,000 more in taxes this year compared to last.
He told the radio station his taxes would increase by $14,000 alone
for 400 of his total 1000 acres owned.
This all came just before Indiana lawmakers were making final decisions
concerning taxes last week, with Sunday being the deadline.
Bushhorn says some property tax payers will see an increase due
to the trending that was mandated by the state this year. But, last
Thursday, April 26 she didnt have the new tax rate and was
still uncertain about how things would shake out in the legislature.
Being a property owner herself, Bushhorn is concerned about the
potential increase, but said there was no way an exact amount on
anyones taxes could be known at this time. A press release
received Monday from Representative Cleo Duncan noted that taxes
are expected to increase by 24 percent this year. However, that
figure cannot be taken to the bank because there are a lot of variables
that will make the end result a different figure, according to Bushhorn.
As of yesterday morning, the local assessor still did not have anything
definite to pass on the taxpayers. Shes waiting for information
from the state.
Locally, it doesnt matter if youre serving in a government
office as a Democrat or a Republican, when the state gives a mandate,
thats what has to be followed.