TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Two important documents due in the last two months have put Vigo County behind in terms of tax filings. It's a complicated issue - but could impact how much you pay for your property tax bills in 2014.
August is the month the state wants counties like Vigo preparing their budgets so they can be reviewed. However, Vigo County is way behind in that process.
"We are one of four counties that have yet to submit the sales ratios," said Vigo County Auditor Tim Seprodi.
The County Assessors Office, right now, is going through all of the sales of property in Vigo County last year, then the assessor calculates sales ratio and sends it to the state. It's due July first - but it hasn't been sent. Once the state approves the delinquent sales ratio, the county assessor's office can work on assessed values. Those go to the County Auditor's office. But work on this process hasn't started either and it was due August first.
The problem: the state won't look at Vigo County's proposed budget until these two steps are completed.
"If we're the last ones to get our information in, we're the last ones to get reviewed," said Seprodi.
This means the Auditor's Office will have less time to get the County's budget ready for state approval. A budget is needed for the state to approve the tax levy and calculate a tax rate, which determines how much you pay for your property taxes.
At the County's current pace, Seprodi says county leaders may be forced to guess their revenues, which could mean provisional property tax bills come spring.
"The bad thing about provisional tax bills is that once the process is complete, we would send corrected tax bills," said Seprodi. "I know a lot of people feel if I come in May 10th and pay my tax bill and May 15th I get another one saying I owe more money I would not be very pleased with that."
The Auditor's Office must get your tax figures to the Treasurer's Office by April 5th in order for bills to be mailed out by April 25th.
We were told Vigo County Assessor Deborah Lewis is on vacation this week. However, her office said sales ratios should be completed and sent to the state in two weeks.
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