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RFP approved for assessment


County commissioners approved a proposal from County Assessor Pat Monroe to request proposals (RFP) for the reassessment of county property. Monroe is suggesting that the county move toward a plan that will provide for cyclical assessment. This means that a portion of the real estate in the county will be reassessed every year, rather than the five-year cycle that is now in effect.

    “By moving toward the cyclical reassessment, we will be in step with the way the state of Indiana is moving and it will get away from trying to do all of our parcels in an 18-month period,” she said. Monroe suggested the RFP could include provisions for annual trending the verification of sales disclosure forms.

    Elkhart County has received a proposal for services similar to those being requested by Monroe. That contract is asking for about $2 million dollars over the five-year period of time for the 90,000 parcels in Elkhart County. Elkhart County’s 2012 reassessment contract is $913,000.

    The total for the 2012 reassessment contract in LaGrange County is 4444444444 and there are 000000000 parcels in our county.

    Commissioners also approved two ordinances. An ordinance to reduce the charge to have a vehicle identification number (VIN) checked at the sheriff’s department will decrease from $10 to $5. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has decided by administrative rule that $5 will be allowed for this service.

    A second ordinance to change the number of people on the LaGrange County Redevelopment Commission (EDC) from five to seven was approved 2-1 with Garry Heller opposing the move. Under the new ordinance, commissioners will appoint four members (currently three) and county council will appoint three members (currently two). The ordinance will be effective when approved by the EDC.

    A change order, perhaps the last, was approved for the CR 250N road project west of Shipshewana. A $24,000 bill was presented for payment to cover final testing of the work completed. Commissioners approved the claim, providing there is money available under the terms of the contract, and ordered the money to come from the bridge fund.

    Commissioners accepted two Hummer vehicles received by the sheriff’s department from the federal government. “These are good ones, probably $80,000 to $90,000 each, up-armored vehicles that weigh about 10,000 lbs.,” said Sheriff Martin. The sheriff suggested only public liability and property damage insurance (PLPD), saying, “These are tough vehicles. You’re not going to hurt them.” The vehicles will be assigned to the SWAT team and used during inclement weather, according to Martin.

    A contingent of people from the county will be visiting South Bend Thursday to hear a presentation on fiber optics. A line runs through LaGrange County but there is no local access. It was announced that there is a high-speed fiber optics line coming to Prairie Heights School from Steuben County.