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Next year’s tax bills ‘should be on time’


County Assessor Pat Monroe gave county commissioners assurance at Monday morning’s meeting that 2012 tax bills should be on time. “Everything is on target for timely tax bills,” she said. Assessed values have been approved by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and the next step is approval of budgets for 2012 of all the units of government in the county.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, is the date set for local hearings on LaGrange County budgets by the DLGF. The hearings will start at 1:30 p.m. and are open to the public. The hearing will be conducted in the commissioners’ meeting room in the county office building at 114 W. Michigan St. in LaGrange.

Monroetold commissioners the reassessment contractor has completed 95 percent of the fieldwork for the 2012 reassessment. These numbers will be used for the 2012 payable 2013 tax bills. “We are at about 15 to 20 percent on the entry of this new data,” Monroe stated. “We are somewhat behind on this but should be catching up over the next few months.”

Monroealso said that there were about 400 unresolved appeals of assessment on hand at the first of this year. ”Today we have resolved 346 of these appeals and the Property Tax Board of Appeals (PTBOA) will hear 16 of these cases next week. There are also 30 outstanding letters of resolution that have been mailed to people who have not responded to date,” she said.

Commissioners approved two maintenance requests by Sheriff Terry Martin. A $485 DVD player was replaced on an emergency order last week. The player, in an evidence gathering room, went out and the sheriff ordered an immediate replacement.  A second item, the fire suppression system in the kitchen, is not functioning properly and needs to be replaced at a cost of $1,477.80. Commissioners approved both items with the money to come from the maintenance line item in the jail budget.

Bob Shanahan presented three plats for approval. All were approved by the Plat Committee with no stipulations.

Commission President George Bachman noted that the Driver Training/Accident Review Board will meet quarterly. Peter Cook will be the county council representative on the board along with two representatives from the county highway department and two people from the sheriff’s department. “The purpose of this committee is to review and research how accidents may be prevented,” Bachman said.