Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Truth Report Budget Info for Local Taxing Units Available Online

From the Elkhart Truth:

Indiana just made it a lot easier to find out where your tax dollars are going – if you have internet access, that is.

The state recently unveiled, a website that offers free information about county levies, budgets, property taxes, public meetings and other details about local finances.

Residents can use the site to view budget information for all taxing units in Elkhart County, including cities, townships, libraries and school corporations. Information can also by searched by address or with an interactive map.

Proposed budgets for 2015 are currently available online for Benton, Cleveland, Elkhart, Locke and Washington townships and Middlebury and Fairfield school corporations.

Starting in 2016, local governments will no longer be required to post budget notices in local newspapers. Instead, they’ll need to post that information on the new website, which was established with the passage of House Enrolled Act 1266 earlier this year.

It was developed to give residents a new way to learn about the local budget process and know when public hearings are scheduled for budget proposals, according to a news release.

People without internet access or who have trouble with the website can request paper copies of local government budget notices from theIndiana Department of Local Government Finance at 888-739-9826.