Local assessors defend office

Local assessors defend office

There are 36 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Dec 13, 2007, titled Local assessors defend office. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Lawmakers considering a bill to shift assessment duties from townships to counties are trying to sort through a lot of finger-pointing about who's to blame for property tax problems.

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RON RYKER

United States

#21 Dec 13, 2007
I live in a excluded city and like my own govt. I do not like to drive to Indianapolis and be treated like a crook. I voted for Mitch and I will be glad when he is GONE!!!!!
Fire Them

United States

#22 Dec 13, 2007
Fire them all. It will be a great day in Indiana history.

I had to go into the inbred Lawerence Township assessors office once, and it was like a scary movie. Some of the family did not even have SHOES on.

I did not enjoy having local officials to talk to. They all lived up to the first part of the name, "asses".
Tired of Nuts

AOL

#23 Dec 13, 2007
Excuse me , but isn't this the same thing as Bart was selling? If I recall it was turned down. Now that he is out you want to consolidate what???
Homeowner

United States

#24 Dec 13, 2007
When will they get it?? Assessed value is not necessarily representative of ability to pay! We do not want taxes based on assessed value!! Eliminate property taxes!
Assessor

Indianapolis, IN

#25 Dec 13, 2007
lafguy60 wrote:
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They aren't going to every house under the current system.
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WRONG! In this township we do!
Another State employee

United States

#26 Dec 13, 2007
13 States in the USA do not have property taxes. What is preventing Indiana from being the 14th? The Gov.'s people approve the taxes. The computer system is crappy and does not work. Continue to vote out all incumbents. Daniels is no Einstein. He has wasted so much of your money on ridiculous plans it is sinful. You will never hear it from our press though.
the hater

Duncan, OK

#27 Dec 13, 2007
Ask wrote:
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Simply ask your local assessor, they supposedly are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Ha If there is a problem, it isn't their fault.
I would ask my township assessor all these questions if he actually 1. answered his telephone or 2. returned messages! He's too busy on his other job to worry about working as an assessor.
daddy

Indianapolis, IN

#28 Dec 13, 2007
i guess some of you people live in bad townships. when i go to pike, i get EXACTLY what i ask for, no problems whatsoever. if there's a problem, they fix it.

the problem is the "old regime" of lazy workers who have been there 20+ years. time to let some fresh ideas come in!
Assessor

Indianapolis, IN

#29 Dec 13, 2007
Another State employee wrote:
13 States in the USA do not have property taxes. What is preventing Indiana from being the 14th? The Gov.'s people approve the taxes. The computer system is crappy and does not work. Continue to vote out all incumbents. Daniels is no Einstein. He has wasted so much of your money on ridiculous plans it is sinful. You will never hear it from our press though.
Don't know where you get your info BUT there are no states....yes I said NO states that do not have property taxes!
Assessor

Indianapolis, IN

#30 Dec 13, 2007
the hater wrote:
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I would ask my township assessor all these questions if he actually 1. answered his telephone or 2. returned messages! He's too busy on his other job to worry about working as an assessor.
As with everything there are bad assessors and they unfortunately give all of us a bad name! I answer my phone and return calls.
uh duh

United States

#31 Dec 13, 2007
RON RYKER wrote:
I live in a excluded city and like my own govt. I do not like to drive to Indianapolis and be treated like a crook. I voted for Mitch and I will be glad when he is GONE!!!!!
Come on here, how often do you drive to your local trustee or assessor to conduct business? Maybe you did a lot this yr because of all of the screw ups in assessing but come on. I have lived in Marion County for 12 yrs and not once had i had to go into my local government office to do business. I bet your still upset that the pony express went away aren't ya? Get real.....
Indy taxpayer

Duncan, OK

#32 Dec 13, 2007
Indyeast wrote:
I can't understand how a 700 sq ft house in the 46218 area is taxed more than a 1700 sq ft house in the 46201 area.
My ex's house is really huge,mine is really small. They put his house as worth $2000 less than mine.
I don't understand. Anyone got any ideas on this?
Do you have all of the allowable deductions on your house? If is your primary residence and you have a morgage on the house, you are eligible for Homestead Deduction and Morgage Deduction. Other deductions are allowed based on disablity or veteran status. Also the age of the house plays into the assessment figure.
Old Jim Lebanon IN

Florence, KY

#33 Dec 13, 2007
I have mixed feelings about state vs local efficiency:

Yesterday-phoned county council member at his listed home phone. At county business meeting. I left a message with his wife. I hadn't seen or talked to him for 3 years.
A half-our later he phoned me back, gave me accurate info, and directed me to an elected county official who could verify his estimate of funds in an account.

Phoned courthouse,transferred fron one office to another.
elected official pulled up current balance as of today and gave it to me. It matched the figure the county councilman had in his memory, calling me back from his car on way to his business.(He's the exception to the rule.)

Phoned Indiana Department of Local Government Finance to ask why there was no current information on teir website regarding "approved" property tax system administration vendors. Left a voice mail message for Charlie Bell, Director of Operations. Hasn't called back.

Phoned Governor Daniels' office to ask why IDLGF website is not up to date. Receptionist referred me to some "property tax" specialist. Left message voice mail. Hasn't called back.

Phoned my state representatives' office. Went directly to voice mail. Hasn't called back. Had just received mail from my representative:
"JEFF WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU. If you have a question or suggestion for Jeff, you can...Reach him by phone." First number was his home-I called-recorder cut me off before I could leave my number. Other number was Statehouse number where I already left message and no call back.

All phone calls were made between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm Wednesday. As of 2:45 pm Thursday, my phone hasn't rung.

Actually, I don't have a property tax appeal. My assessment was too high, but not unreasonable in relation to the excessive spending by all local taxing units.

At least when I have a question, I can call or walk to the courthouse.

There are good and bad at all levels.

None of them as a whole are doing the jobs they are supposed to do by statute in Indiana law competently or efficiently.

More state control over locals won't help.
fhe

Philippines

#34 Dec 13, 2007
there is usually little compppetition for the jobb said by Ms. Cheryl Musgrave
taxpayer

Borden, IN

#35 Dec 14, 2007
Have you checked to see if you are paying at different tax rates
Indyeast wrote:
I can't understand how a 700 sq ft house in the 46218 area is taxed more than a 1700 sq ft house in the 46201 area.
My ex's house is really huge,mine is really small. They put his house as worth $2000 less than mine.
I don't understand. Anyone got any ideas on this?
Stumblebum

Richmond, IN

#36 Dec 14, 2007
Assessor wrote:
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As with everything there are bad assessors and they unfortunately give all of us a bad name! I answer my phone and return calls.
A tax assessor is someone who places a value on another person's property so it can be confiscated on threat of violence and imprisonment.

So far as Ten Commandment violations this is a twofer:

Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's house.

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