Clay County recently received $778,835.32 from the state of Indiana after state officials found $300 million.
Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh received an e-mail from Settlement Director Dan Bastin, Auditor of State's Office, stating, "The department of revenue provided the state budget agency new information regarding the calendar year 2009 and 2012 local option income tax collections. The new information materially affects the previous certified calendar year 2011 and 2012 CAGIT (County Adjusted Gross Income Tax), COIT (County Option Income Tax) and CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) distributions."
The state processed distributions to bring the 2011 and 2012 CAGIT year to date distributions current with the recertified amounts. The distributions were in Clay County's bank account by Tuesday, April 10.
Clay County received $517,833 for 2011, with $1,467 in interest, as well as $259,371.32 for the first four months of 2012, with $164 in interest.
Alumbaugh explained to The Brazil Times how the money is being distributed.
The jail CAGIT fund, which goes toward paying off the jail bonds, received $57,699.83 for 2011 and $28,837.28 for 2012.
Each township received a certain amount of money, as well as the city of Brazil and the other surrounding towns including Carbon, Center Point, Clay City, Knightsville, Staunton and Harmony.
The Clay Community Schools received $22,077.29 for 2011 and $10,471.50 for 2012.
The Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) fund received $173,100.06 for 2011 and $86,511.65 for 2012.
The Clay County General Fund received a total of $233,125.50 for both 2011 and 2012.
"We had previously been told that our CAGIT revenue was not equal to what they had been dispersing to us, but now with this -- what they call catch-up -- not only is our revenue equal to, it has exceeded the amount they have distributed," Alumbaugh said. "So now we're in a positive balance rather than a being in a negative balance with the state department of revenue."
According to the Associated Press (AP), Governor Mitch Daniels said the money was collected but never transferred to the state's general spending account, which lawmakers use to allocate funds to various programs and departments. The issue arose in the state's e-filing tax system for companies. Money collected through that system wasn't moved to the general spending account. The problem started in the 2007 budget year and wasn't found until after the end of the 2011 fiscal year.
As more companies started using the e-filing system, the amount of money that went untouched increased. The amount missed in the first year was $4.7 million, but by the most recent budget, the state had left untouched $140 million in corporate tax receipts -- an amount equivalent to roughly 10 percent of expected collections, according to the AP.
An auditor in the Indiana Department of Revenue discovered the problem late last month while tracking a $25,000 tax check through the state's tax collection system.
The following is a list of where the monies Clay County received from the state for 2011 and the first four months of 2012 were distributed.
* Clay County General Fund -- $233,125.50,
* Jail CAGIT Fund -- $86,537.11
* Brazil Township -- $5,340.09,
* Cass Township -- $802.82,
* Dick Johnson Township -- $1,743.75,
* Harrison Township -- $2,171.46,
* Jackson Township -- $1,270.18,
* Lewis Township -- $1,237.57,
* Perry Township -- $1,090.71,
* Posey Township -- $3,689.79,
* Sugar Ridge Township -- $961.14
* Van Buren Township -- $4,112.33
* Washington Township -- $501.20
* Brazil City -- $104,851.32,
* Carbon -- $720.60,
* Center Point -- $937.95,
* Clay City -- $9,744.10,
* Knightsville -- $2,399.66,
* Staunton -- $1,555.06,
* Harmony -- $3,708.24,
* Clay Community Schools -- $32,548.79,
* MSD Shakamak -- $3,489.96,
* Brazil Library -- $15,508.36,
* Poland Fire Territory -- $1,175.92, and
* LOIT -- $259,611.71.