Letters to the Editor 3-3-16

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Follow up letter

To the Editor:

Just a short follow-up to my letter of last week. I have heard nothing from “the 4” members of the school board. I’ll venture a guess: no one else has heard anything either.

I hope many people are planning to attend the next school board meeting, Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 6 p.m. We, the taxpayers of Switzerland County, the people that elected “the 4”, must continue to pressure them to correct this problem of ridiculous health insurance costs.

Personally, I think that beyond discontinuing their insurance immediately, “the 4” should resign from the board. I think they have displayed their inabilities to make decisions in the best interests of the school corporation. They have however, clearly displayed their preference for spending our money for their personal benefit!

They continue to reinforce their attitude that they have no responsibility or obligation to explain their actions even though our public monies are expended for their personal benefit.

“The 4” do not appear to understand “accountability”, so it falls to the public to educate those elected to manage the school corporation.

Please attend school board meetings. Please contact your school board rep. Please speak out.

Feel free to contact me for discussion.

Thank you,

Cary Louderback

14690 Red Hog Pike

Rising Sun, IN 47040 (in Switzerland County)

(513) 305-0896

cary.louderback@yahoo.com

Business Personal

Property Exemption

To the Editor:

Beginning in 2016, IC 6-1.1-37.2 provides an automatic exemption for a taxpayer’s business personal property in each county if the acquisition cost of your total business personal property is less than $20,000 for the assessment date. This is not to be confused with your assessed value total. It is the initial cost of your equipment before depreciation is taken off. If you own equipment in more than one township, the total cost must be less the $20,000 to receive this exemption.

A taxpayer that is eligible for this exemption is not required to file a personal property return as done in the past. However, the taxpayer must file a notarized CERTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY EXEMPTION PURSUANT TO IN 6-1.1-3-7.2, stating that the taxpayer’s business personal property is exempt from taxation. This enclosed Certificate must be filed and returned to Assessor’s Office before May 15th of each calendar year. If a person fails to timely file the annual certification, the county auditor must impose a penalty of $25 that must be paid with the next property tax installment that is collected. The Assessor’s office began accepting the certification on January 25th, 2016.

The certification must be filed each year that a taxpayer is eligible and will not be mailed in future years. Next year you will receive a postcard reminding you to file the certification. If any equipment purchased puts you over the $20,000, then you will need to file the Business Tangible Personal Property returns instead of the Exempt Under 20K Certificate.

If you have any questions, please call (812) 427-4410, or stop in the Switzerland County Courthouse and see the Assessor, Joan Armstrong.

Please mail Certifications to: Switzerland County Assessor 212 W Main Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

Sincerely,

Joan Armstrong

Switzerland County Assessor