Residents will have a chance to voice their concerns with county budgets, tax rates and tax levies.
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) has scheduled a budget hearing for Tuesday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.
"The budget hearing is open to the public and gives them the opportunity to not only ask questions about tax rates and levies, but also to have an appeal heard," Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said.
This is the first time the DLGF has had public hearings in each county and is its way of keeping taxpayers informed of the impact of the tax rate and assessed value changes.
According to the DLGF website, "With the onset of the annual adjustment process and the many changes to property tax law, this job is now more important than ever."
Alumbaugh said the state approved the county budget, passed by the County Council last September and recommends residents who plan to attend arrive at the start of the hearing.
"With no written complaints sent in so far, it could be a short meeting," she said. "Residents shouldn't take for granted that with all cities and townships on the agenda, that it might be a while before they have a chance to be heard."
If no further action needs to be taken following the hearing, Alumbaugh said tax rates should be set by the end of May, giving the county enough time to have two property tax collection periods.
"We were able to get our information to the DLGF earlier than a lot of counties," she said. "We should be able to have our first collection in late July or early August, then a second one in November."