Until Thursday, Mark Barnhart was completely unaware the state might have conducted as assessment for Clay County.
But the county assessor was pleased when he learned it wouldn't happen after all.
It was announced Thursday by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance that Clay County was one of 11 counties statewide that had completed assessments properly this year and would not have to do them over. Along with Clay, Benton, Cass, Fayette, Howard, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Newton, Vanderburgh and Wabash counties all received the good news.
"I didn't even know they were reconsidering reassessing all the counties," Barnhart said. "It's great news as far as I'm concerned. I'm very happy with this.
"It just hit me out of the blue. This just hit me cold."
Five other counties, including Dubois, Hamilton, Hendricks, Tippecanoe and Washington, were already cleared.
Barnhart told The Brazil Times that learning the county would not have go through the process again was a plus, especially since he recently recommended the county enter an agreement with Tyler Technologies/CLT Division recently. The agreement, reached Aug. 6, called for representatives of the company to do parcel-by-parcel reassessments throughout the county during the next four years.
"If we had to have a reassessment done this year, it would have depleted the reassessment fund," Barnhart said. "This is good news for the county. I would just say that Clay County worked very hard and diligently in the assessors' office to keep us in compliance."
The last time a parcel-by-parcel reassessment was conducted in the county was more than 10 years ago. According to Barnhart, the agreement reached with Tyler Technologies/CLT Division, which will be completed by 2001, is expected to cost $713,430.
At its Aug. 6 meeting, the county council unanimously approved the 2007 portion of the reassessment cost, estimated at $184,600.
Barnhart said county residents could receive property taxes in the mail by next week.
"We've been stuffing envelopes with tax statements," he said.
Residents may also visit www.claytax.net to pay property tax bills online. Property taxes must be paid on or before Nov. 13 to avoid late penalties.