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Ellettsville Considers Raising Property Taxes

The tax now charges homeowners three cents per $100 of assessed value. It could go up by 67 percent.

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One property tax in Ellettsville could go up by an average of $23 a year.

The Ellettsville Town Council will hold a public hearing Monday evening to discuss a possible property tax increase.

The tax is a part of the town’s Cumulative Capital Development Fund, which currently requires residents to pay about 3 cents for every $100 of assessed property value. The city wants to raise that rate to 5 cents. Town Treasurer Sandra Hash says that would mean an average increase of about $23 on residents’ annual property taxes.

“We use that to purchase police cars for our police department and do some building maintenance, and for computer equipment and hardware and software,” Hash says.

Town Council member David Drake says he does not yet know how he will vote, but he says it is one of the few options the town has to raise additional revenue because of tax caps the state has imposed.

“Nobody ever wants to see their taxes go up. Unfortunately the cost of the services that are provided continue to go up,” Drake says. “We have to try to keep up with those increase in the cost.”

Residents will have about a month to send in their comments about the tax proposal before the town council takes a vote.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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