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Looking For Answers: WISH-TV Sifts Through The Property Tax Mess

WishtvIf you missed the WISH-TV investigative report on property taxes, which aired last night, you can -- and should -- read the transcript of the story here.

Hey, whaddya know? Despite the Guv's best efforts to blame everyone else, quite a few of the problems go straight to the top of his administration.

"Back in March, a whistle-blower showed I-Team 8 that problems went all the way up to the state agency that's responsible for oversight of tax assessments and tax rates, The Department of Local Government Finance.

"Experts said the agency doesn't have enough employees who are highly educated and well-trained. And it doesn't have the updated technology to make sure your assessments and tax rates are uniform and apropriate.

"The Department of Local Government has seen a revolving door of eight commissioners in the past 10 years.

"The DLGF Commissioner is responsible for signing off on tax rates for almost 3,000 taxing units in nearly 2,000 taxing districts. And on assessments by 1100 elected officials in 92 counties.

"Governor Daniels' appointee to head up the agency was Melissa Henson. Her state bio touts her expertise with the budgeting process, but it doesn't mention assessment.

"A letter from the Departement of Local Government to Marion County Assessor Greg Bowes documents that Henson approved the assessments, 'without verifying the actual data' even though she had many concerns about the accuracy of the numbers."

And then, of course, there's the small matter of the double-dose of ouch that taxpayers are going to feel when they get their revised 2007 bills along with their new 2008 bills early next year. The Guv, no doubt, will have thought of someone else to blame by that point.

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Hey!
Blogwitch,
You have been very quiet about the elections last week. I'm assuming you and all the other Barties are in secret hiding licking your wounds.

Hey, Bill Brown, maybe you missed the half a dozen posts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I'm a political hack, and this year's election is over. As a result of it, Democrats hold more mayoral offices than ever before in the history of our state. Onward to 2008.

(You do realize I don't work at the local level, right?)

i genuinely admire anyone that self-identifies as a political hack.

there is no one more comfortable in his or her own skin than TDW, no?

"blogwitch" sounds a tad misogynistic, doesn't it?

Does Bill Brown realize that the elections were THIS week and not last week?

Just curious.

Wow!
all you little barties are all a little touchy this evening.
remember one thing barties!

! THE MARINES HAVE LANDED !

ballard, angela mansfield's son, . . . who are the other marines involved in this week's election?

Hmmm .. in America, the military is supposed to stay out of civilian politics -- is Indianapolis going to turn into a Pakistan or something?

Uh, Bill, you might want to go help your guy learn how to run the city. That's a tad more important right now than gloating, don't you think?

"I'm a political hack, and this year's election is over. As a result of it, Democrats hold more mayoral offices than ever before in the history of our state. Onward to 2008."

For now. The simple fact is that they will likely get voted out next time around (along with Ballard). Cuts in government are going to come. The money just isn't there anymore. Taxes are already too high because many folks live their life not paycheck-to-paycheck, but credit card statement-to-statement. Their available credit is what determines if they will be able to pay the bills or not. This is not a bad thing, the federal government does it, so why not the citizens. The problem is the constant demands for "MORE!" by the people. Get ready for big time cuts. You can only support so many layabouts and bums before breaking the bank.

"Hmmm .. in America, the military is supposed to stay out of civilian politics -- is Indianapolis going to turn into a Pakistan or something?"

With the coming collapse of the dollar and $4/gal+ gas, the entire country is going to turn into Pakistan. I can't wait to watch the burn-off live on CNN!

In America the military is supposed to stay out of civilian politics? What government class did you take, was it by chance in IPS?

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