Thursday, July 19, 2007
How Did Your Township Fare?
The Star has a helpful tax chart showing how much tax bills increased by township. Washington Township taxpayers fared the worst with an average 85% increase in tax bills followed by Center Township with a 67.2% increase. Taxes rose on average the least in Decatur Township, which saw average increases of 19%. The average bill increased $3,363 in Washington Township compared to $345 in Decatur Township. It will be interesting to see how these statistics change following the reassessment. People have to remember they are not necessarily off the hook. The Governor's action yesterday in ordering a reassessment in Marion Co. acts as a temporary reprieve. You will have to pay up your 2007 tax bill in about 10 months based on the new reassessment, plus begin paying at that level in 2008. I have to hand it to the Star. I think their coverage of the property tax mess over the past month has been excellent. Putting the data in the hands of readers has been very helpful. I would be interested in seeing some statistics from the Star on how many hits its database of assessments has been getting since it was uploaded to the Star's website.
UPDATE: Matt Tully informs me the Star's database of property tax assessments has gotten 1.1 million page views since it was uploaded to Indystar.com. The databases are sure worth the time and investment for news publications like the Star looking to drive more traffic to their website. That's a lot of additional traffic the newspaper's website otherwise wouldn't have seen.