Despite the recent uncertainty in regards to the property tax situation, our area communities can now be sure that the situation has stabilized for this year. DeKalb and Allen counties were recently cleared of being reassessed by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF). This means that the property tax bill that has been sent to your home address is the finalized version.
In other words, the DLGF has determined that county assessors were correct in their original assessments and the county will be spared any additional cost and efforts that a reassessment would have required. If you believe you have a case for a property reassessment, you may contact your county auditor. The DeKalb county auditor can be contacted at (260) 925-2362. The Allen county auditor can be contacted at (260) 449-7233. Submission of a Petition for Correction of Error (Form 133) will be required, which can be obtained by contacting your county auditor or accessing the document online at www.in.gov/dlgf/local/prop_tax_appeals.html.
Property taxes go to a variety of local government functions. Schools collect the largest percentage, with counties and cities the next largest recipients.
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As the state legislature looks to find solutions to Indiana's property tax situation, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and former Governor Joe Kernan are co-chairing a bipartisan commission to examine and make recommendations on reforming and restructuring local government. This commission will look to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of local government's operations and reduce its costs to Hoosier taxpayers. The efforts of the commission should shed some light on the next steps our state needs to take to ensure an equitable system of taxation for us all.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 1-800-382-9841, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write me at 200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.