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Indiana Code Title 36. Local Government § 36-7-15.5-17

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Sec. 17.  (a) Promptly after determining the proposed assessment for each parcel, the commission shall mail notice (first class postage prepaid) to each owner of property to be assessed.  This notice must:

(1) set forth the amount of the proposed assessment;

(2) state that the proposed assessment on each parcel of real property in the improvement and maintenance district is on file and can be seen in the commission's office;

(3) state the time and place where written remonstrances against the assessment may be filed;

(4) set forth the time and place where the commission will hear any owner of assessed real property who has filed a remonstrance before the hearing date;  and

(5) state that the commission, after hearing evidence, may increase or decrease, or leave unchanged, the assessment on any parcel.

(b) The notices must be deposited in the mail twenty (20) days before the hearing date.  The notices to the owners must be addressed as the names and addresses appear on the tax duplicates and the records of the county auditor.

(c) At the time fixed in the notice, the commission shall hear any owner of assessed real property who has filed a written remonstrance before the date of the hearing.  The hearing may be continued from time to time as long as is necessary to hear the owners.  The commission may utilize a hearing officer (who may be an employee of the city) to hear evidence regarding any parcel of real property about which a written remonstrance has been filed and to make a written recommendation of decision to the commission.

(d) The commission shall render its decision by increasing, or decreasing, or by confirming each assessment by setting opposite each name, parcel, and proposed assessment, the amount of the assessment as determined by the commission.  However, if the total of the assessments exceeds the amount needed, the commission shall make a prorated reduction in each assessment.

(e) The signing of the assessment schedule by a majority of the members of the commission, and the delivery of the schedule to the fiscal officer of the city, constitutes a final and conclusive determination of the benefits or damages, if any, that are assessed.  However, any owner who had previously filed a written remonstrance (as provided in this chapter) with the commission, or any owner whose assessment was increased above the amount determined by the formula (whether the owner filed a written remonstrance or not) may appeal.  This appeal must be taken as provided in IC 34-13-6, and proceed to trial, hearing, and final judgment as provided in IC 34-13-6 for all parties.

Cite this article: - Indiana Code Title 36. Local Government § 36-7-15.5-17 - last updated June 08, 2021 |

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