During a special meeting Monday, the Clay County Commissioners approved bid specifications for potential professional appraisers on the 2012 Reassessment.
Clay County Assessor Mark Barnhart informed the commissioners changes in the legislature regarding the start and completion dates for General Reassessment has created the need to re-bid the contract.
"Since fall 2007, we have had a contract with Tyler Technologies, Inc./CLT Division (Dayton, Ohio), on a 'rolling' reassessment," Barnhart said. "However, with the start and completion dates for reassessment being pushed back, we have to put out for bids on a new contract."
The changes, which were made during the 2009 Indiana Legislative Session, amended Indiana Code 6-1.1-4-4(a) setting the beginning of General Reassessment for July 1, 2010, and must be completed by March 1, 2012, which is a year delay from the initial dates.
Although the state had signed off on the county's contract with Tyler for the "rolling," or cyclical reassessment, all the information gathered to this point must go through another round of verification.
"We were hoping the legislature would approve the cyclical reassessment, which means 25 percent of the assessments are done on a four-year rotating basis," Tyler Technologies (Indianapolis Office) Appraisal and Tax Division Project Supervisor William A. Birkle told The Brazil Times. "However, that has not happened, which puts everything back on an 18-month reassessment schedule."
While the information gathered since fall 2007 must be re-verified, other techniques are available as an alternative to repeating physical inspections of each individual parcel, including:
* A follow-up property visit,
* Review of county building permit records with a follow-up property visit, if necessary, or
* Use of aerial photography.
Barnhart said the aerial photography option may be the route chosen because the most recent aerial maps show images from 2005.
The commissioners will review bids and award the new contract at a later date, which has not been set at this time.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, April 5, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.