Sec. 18.5. (a) A county assessor may not use the services of a professional appraiser for assessment
or reassessment purposes without a written contract. The contract used must be either a standard contract developed by the department
of local government finance or a contract that has been specifically approved by the
department. The department shall ensure that the contract:
(1) includes all of the provisions required under section 19.5(b) of this chapter; and
(2) adequately provides for the creation and transmission of real property assessment
data in the form required by the legislative services agency and the division of data
analysis of the department.
(b) No contract shall be made with any professional appraiser to act as technical
advisor in the assessment of property, before the giving of notice and the receiving
of bids from anyone desiring to furnish this service. Notice of the time and place for receiving bids for the contract shall be given
by publication by one (1) insertion in two (2) newspapers of general circulation published
in the county and representing each of the two (2) leading political parties in the
county. If only one (1) newspaper is there published, notice in that one (1) newspaper is
sufficient to comply with the requirements of this subsection. The contract shall be awarded to the lowest and best bidder who meets all requirements
under law for entering a contract to serve as technical advisor in the assessment
of property. However, any and all bids may be rejected, and new bids may be asked.
(c) The county council of each county shall appropriate the funds needed to meet the
obligations created by a professional appraisal services contract which is entered
into under this chapter.
(d) A county assessor who enters into a contract with a professional appraiser shall
submit a contract to the department through the Indiana transparency Internet web
site in the manner prescribed by the department. The county shall upload the contract not later than thirty (30) days after execution
of the contract.
(e) The department may review any contracts uploaded under subsection (d) to ensure
compliance with section 19.5 of this chapter.
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