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Property tax statements coming soon

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Debbie James
Residents can expect their property tax statements to be in their mailbox any time now.

On Thursday, the Clay County Treasurer's Office mailed out statements, including to those whose property taxes are paid by a mortgage company.

"Many people have their property taxes escrowed as part of their mortgage," Clay County Treasurer Debbie James said. "However, we still send statements to every property owner as a courtesy so they can review the information and have a copy for their personal records."

Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh told The Brazil Times a slight change on the state level has residents already calling with questions.

"The state has done away with the Homestead Credit, which is completely separate from the Homestead Standard Deduction," Alumbaugh said. "The Homestead Standard Deduction is the big break on property taxes and there have been some people confusing it with the credit, which was much smaller."

Taxpayers will also have a second chance this year to fill out the Homestead Verification Form, which allows the Homestead Standard Deduction to be retained.

"The form is on a pink sheet and we are hoping to catch more property owners who did not fill it out last year," James said. "Residents have until the end of December 2012 to fill it out and return it to the Auditor's Office."

Mary Jo Alumbaugh
If the form, which is being used to verify that only one homestead per property owner is receiving the deduction, is not filled out by the deadline, the deduction will be removed starting on 2012 pay 2013 property tax bills.

However, the county will make one last attempt after the deadline to contact those who have not responded.

"After the deadline, our office will send out certified letters to those who have not sent in the form as a final attempt to verify the Homestead Standard Deduction information," Alumbaugh said.

As in previous years, residents may not only pay their property tax installments at the Treasurer's Office, as well as Clay County branches of First Financial Bank, Terre Haute Savings Bank and Riddell National Bank.

In addition, taxes may be paid over the phone by calling 1-800-809-5849, online at www.claytax.net or with a credit card at the Treasurer's Office, which is a new feature.

"Those options, however, do have a fee," James said. "By paying property taxes online or over the phone, the fee is 2.95 percent of whatever is being paid, while paying with a credit card carries a 2.75 percent fee. In addition, our system is set up to accept all major credit cards, including American Express."

To accommodate taxpayers, the Treasurer's Office has set the following extended hours leading up to the May 10 deadline to make on-time payments:

* May 6, 9 and 10 -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and

* Saturday, May 7 -- 8 a.m.-noon.

For more information or questions about property tax payments, contact the Treasurer's Office (which has normal operating hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday) at 448-9009.

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I got mine...and I'll tell you that no wonder this community can't keep roads paved among other things.

My property taxes are half of what they were when we moved here 16 years ago. How in the world can the government entities keep things maintained when the cost of supplies and labor have increased each year? The state has really handicapped the local governments and MOST voters voted to help by the stupid 1, 2, 3 rule...Shame on all who did. you played right into the state politician's hands to make them look good. Now my local income taxes have gone through the roof to make up for it so in my case at least this move had personal negative impact on my budget...but if it didn't in yours, what is local government to do??

The only option I see is to start increasing user fees in various areas...How to do this without impacting on the real needs of those in the community?

Any ideas on how to do this?? Is there anything paid for by our county and city government that is unnecessary and only benefits in the want area and not a true need?

I guess it's up to us all to put our heads together and thank hard or we will soon have wagon rut roads back and will have to use horse drawn wagons as my car at least has gotten bent wheels from dropping into pot holes...even when going slowly and zig zagging like a drunken sailor to try to avoid them.

I've got a few ideas but would like to hear what you think are wants and not true needs of the community.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 9:10 AM

JENNY MOORE: We, and I do mean we, citizens should start by looking at a copy of the city's budget. There, we could get an idea of where the money is supposed to be going. The problem is, I really don't know if one exists. Additionally, why don't all of us take a few minutes and attend city council meetings, where they are making decisions. It is time for concerned citizens to step up and stand up for what is right. Paying more taxes is not what I want but if I want to enjoy good: parks, schools, streets, sidewalks, libraries, utilities, receiving police and fire protection then I have to remember, I get what I pay for. Ms. Moore, you made an excellent point in differentiating between "want" -v- "need." Thanks for doing that. CAB

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 9:27 PM

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