NewsPublic Affairs / January 15, 2020

Indiana House Backs Abolishing All Township Assessor Offices

Indiana House Backs Abolishing All Township Assessor OfficesThe bill abolishes the 13 township assessor offices that remain in nine counties. It would transfer duties for determining the value of buildings and land for property taxes to county assessor offices. 2020 legislative session, township assessor2020-01-15T00:00:00-05:00
Indiana House Backs Abolishing All Township Assessor Offices

The Indiana Statehouse.

FILE PHOTO: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

The Indiana House has voted to eliminate the last remaining township assessor offices around the state.

House members voted 53-44 Tuesday in favor of the bill abolishing the 13 township assessor offices that remain in nine counties.

The bill would transfer to county assessor offices those duties for determining the value of buildings and land for property taxes. The 13 township assessor offices remain after voters decided to retain them in 2008 referendums allowed under a law that abolished more than 950 such offices across the state.

Supporters say state reports have found that county offices have been more cost effective and fair in property assessments.

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