2013 Indiana General Assembly

LaPorte property owners may get tax bill reprieve

2013-02-12T10:13:00Z 2013-02-12T19:25:04Z LaPorte property owners may get tax bill reprieveDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 12, 2013 10:13 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | LaPorte County property owners may get a break from the barrage of tax bills they've recently received as the county strives to catch up on delayed prior year tax billings.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 19-0 on Tuesday to send House Bill 1261 to the full chamber. The measure allows LaPorte County to ask the Department of Local Government Finance for permission to skip the provisional spring 2013 tax bill and send only a full-year tax bill in the fall.

State Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, the sponsor of the legislation, said LaPorte County property owners have had to pay four years of property taxes over the past few months.

He said allowing the county to send only one tax bill in 2013 would give county staff and taxpayers a much appreciated breather.

"This is the final step that's necessary to catch LaPorte County up," Dermody said.

LaPorte County schools and local governments have paid millions of dollars in interest for operating loans while waiting for the county to collect their tax revenue. A contested property reassessment has delayed some billings since 2008.

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