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Deadline Looms For Many Bartholomew County Tax Appeals

There have been an unprecedented number of appeals by Bartholomew County residents over property taxes.

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Increases in Bartholomew County property taxes have caused many residents to appeal their property assessments

Friday was the last day on which Bartholomew County residents could pay their property taxes. Residents there saw a dramatic increase in their bills because it was the first time in more than a decade that property had been assessed.

There have been an unprecedented number of appeals. Officials in the county assessor’s office estimate they still have about 1,400 to go through. Even if a resident is appealing their bill, the assessor says they have to pay the original amount owed. If the appeal is successful, the homeowner will receive a credit when the next round of bills comes out in November. But officials caution they may not have processed all the appeals by that time.

When asked what would happen to residents who were unable to pay their property tax bills, the treasurer declined to comment.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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