Cathy May, Contributing Writer
Another property reassessment this year? Yes, it is possible.
On October 10 at 6:00 p.m. the Indiana Department of Local Government
Finance will hold a public meeting to determine whether or not
Ripley County will have to be reassessed. At the Ripley County
Council meeting on September 17 Auditor Mary Ann McCoy said
if that happens it will cost the county thousands of dollars.
Ripley County is one of seven counties in the state who may
have to go through another reassessment this year. In a letter
from the Department of Local Government Finance it states the
assessment-to-sales ratio study submitted by the Ripley County
Assessor indicated that assessments on residential property
in Adams and Shelby Townships were inaccurate or inequitable.
Also, improved residential property assessments in Brown and
Otter Creek townships and the unimproved residential property
assessments in Adams Township were outside the acceptable range
of uniformity required by Indiana Code.
Also in question were the commercial assessments in Franklin,
Brown, Center, Delaware, Jackson, Johnson, Otter Creek, Shelby
and Washington townships. The letter stated that 85% of industrial
parcels had no change or a decline in assessed values.
Upon reviewing the data, the DLGF found compelling evidence
of assessment errors and concludes that sufficient cause exists
to justify further investigation into the reassessment of real
property in Ripley County. This is for March 1, 2006 assessment
In other business, Sheriff Tom Grills asked for two additional
appropriations. The first one was $15,000 for inmate medical
and dental. This was approved 7-0.
The second one was for $15,000 for meals for prisoners. Sheriff
Grills was asked if he would look in his budget and see if there
are any accounts that he could transfer the money for this expense.
He said he would and will come back and present it at next months
Tad Brinson, Director of the Area Planning Commission, asked
for three additional appropriations: $1,000 for equipment and
supplies; $500 for additional printing costs and $5,000 for
legal fees regarding costs of code violations. Brinson said
his department owes more than $1,000 in legal fees and has only
$14 in that account. All requests were approved 7-0.
The 2008 budget for the county general fund was approved at
$6,378,897. In budget hearings earlier this month about a million
dollars was removed from the proposed budgets of $7,444,591.
The salary ordinances were also approved 7-0.
Council brought up the request by the Ripley County Humane Society
for a donation to help with their building project. The Budget
Committee will meet and bring back a recommendation to the full
council next month.
All seven county council members were in attendance. Attorney
Neil Comer and Auditor Mary Ann McCoy were present to advise
the council members. The next regular meeting of the Ripley
County Council will be Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the
commissioners room of the Ripley County Courthouse Annex.