Earlier this week, the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) conducted a public hearing at the Clay County Courthouse regarding proposed budgets, levies and tax rates for all of Clay County's taxing units.
While representatives from the Clay County School Corporation, Brazil Public Library, Town of Knightsville, along with Brazil and Lewis townships, no members of the general public were on hand to ask questions or raise concerns.
"The purpose of this hearing is mainly for local taxpayers to express a concern or question about a taxing unit's budget," DLGF Assessor/Auditor Everett Davis -- who conducted the hearing -- told the audience.
Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh told The Brazil Times the hearing is essentially a formality before the process of determining tax rates may begin.
"The hearing is required by state statute, and with no public comments in our case, it gives the DLGF the opportunity to begin the process of calculating tax rates based on the information that has been provided," she said.
Alumbaugh said that before the rates can be established the budgets for all taxing units must also be approved.
At the current pace, normal property tax billing will be able to remain on its normal schedule, with May and November due dates for installment payments.
This year was the first time since the 2005 pay 06 billing cycle in which Clay County, along with many other counties in the state, were able to return to the normal schedule.
"We are back on the typical billing schedule, which I believe is a good thing for taxpayers," Alumbaugh said. "Residents no longer have to wait and see when property taxes may be due, and can instead plan ahead to make their payments by a specified date."