DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

December 6, 2012

DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE
100 North Senate Avenue,
Room 1058N
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204·2256
Notice is hereby given the fiscal officers and taxpayers of all taxing units located in Wells County, Indiana, that prior to the review of the budgets, tax rates and levies for the year 2012 payable 2013, the Department of Local Government Finance, by its representatives, will conduct a public hearing on said matter, to be held in the Commissioners’ Room, Basement of the Wells County Annex, 223 W. Washington Street, Bluffton, IN 46714, Indiana on the date and time as follows:
December 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM
CHESTER TOWNSHIP
HARRISON TOWNSHIP
JACKSON TOWNSHIP
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP
LANCASTER TOWNSHIP
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP
NOTTINGHAM TOWNSHIP
ROCKCREEK TOWNSHIP
UNION TOWNSHIP
BLUFFTON CIVIL CITY
ZANESVILLE CIVIL TOWN
OSSIAN CIVIL TOWN
PONETO CIVIL TOWN
UNIONDALE CIVIL TOWN
VERA CRUZ CIVIL TOWN
SOUTHERN WELLS SCHOOL
NORTHERN WELLS SCHOOL
MSD BLUFFTON HARRISON SCHOOL
WELLS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
ROCK CREEK CONSERVANCY
WELLS COUNTY SOLID WASTE
WELLS COUNTY
Assessed values will be available for review in the County Auditor’s Office at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the Department budget hearing. Taxpayers shall have the right to be heard and/or to present written testimony on the budgets, tax rates and tax levies as adopted by the above named taxing units.
The following only apply if the County Board of Tax Adjustment or County Auditor modifies the budgets, tax rates, or tax levies of a political subdivision:
Ten (10) or more taxpayers or one (1) taxpayer that owns property that represents at least ten percent (10%) of the taxable assessed valuation in the political subdivision may initiate an appeal from the modification of a political subdivision’s budget, tax rate, or tax levy by filing a statement of their objections with the County Auditor. The statement must be filed not later than ten (10) days after the publication of the notice required by IC 6-1.1-17-12. The statement must specifically identify the provisions of the budget, tax rate, or tax levy to which the taxpayers object. The County Auditor shall forward the statement, along with the taxing unit’s budget, to the Department IC 6-1.1-17-13.
A political subdivision may appeal to the Department for an increase in its tax rate or tax levy as modified by the county board of tax adjustment or the county auditor. To initiate the appeal, the political subdivision shall file a statement with the Department not later than ten (10) days after publication of the notice required by IC 6-1.1-17-12. The legislative body of the political subdivision must authorize the filing of the statement by adopting a resolution. The resolution must be attached to the statement of objections, and the statement must be signed by:
(1) In the case of counties, by the board of county commissioners and by the president of the county council.
(2) In the case of all other political subdivisions, by the highest executive officer and by the presiding officer of the legislative body. IC 6-1.1-17-15.
DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL
GOVERNMENT FINANCE
Brian E. Bailey, Commissioner
oj, nb 12/6











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