On Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) conducted its annual budget hearings, giving taxing districts the opportunity to question or make adjustments to submitted budget numbers.
However, other than a couple of representatives from the Brazil Public Library and other entities, no taxpayers were in attendance to bring inquiries to the table.
"There are times where we have public hearings with a lot of questions and adjustments that lead to paperwork having to be filled out to make the corrections," DLGF West Central Field Representative/Assessor Auditor Kim Chattin told The Brazil Times following the short meeting. "Generally, we usually don't have too many people show up at these hearings in smaller counties."
Chattin said the absence of objections is actually a good sign the county is on the right track to have the first property tax billing relatively close to the typical date of May 10.
"As things stand right now, we should be able to process the budget order and get the tax rates back to the county by around April 17, which will allow the auditor to put together the abstract," Chattin said. "The first installment could probably be due toward the end of May, but chances are it would be most likely in June."
Without having any hitches in the process at the current time comes as a relief to Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh.
"I am relieved that no objections were made during the hearing because it allows us to move forward with the billing process," Alumbaugh told The Brazil Times.
She added the prospect of having billing earlier than in recent years should be able to help out all the taxing districts.
"My goal is to distribute the majority of the budget money to the entities by June 30," Alumbaugh said. "I'm hoping to do this so the schools and other districts won't have to borrow money to cover potential shortfalls."