Enrolled Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Lake County pilot program and other local government matters. Establishes a three year pilot program applicable only in Lake County, that authorizes a redevelopment commission to: (1) establish an area known as a new opportunity area; and (2) sell any property that is held by the redevelopment commission and located in a new opportunity area at auction to the highest responsible and responsive bidder. Makes changes to the statute concerning determination of serial tax delinquencies to provide that: (1) a petitioner is required to serve notice of a petition only on a person with a substantial property interest of public Lake County pilot program and other local government matters. Establishes a three year pilot program applicable only in Lake County, that authorizes a redevelopment commission to: (1) establish an area known as a new opportunity area; and (2) sell any property that is held by the redevelopment commission and located in a new opportunity area at auction to the highest responsible and responsive bidder. Makes changes to the statute concerning determination of serial tax delinquencies to provide that: (1) a petitioner is required to serve notice of a petition only on a person with a substantial property interest of public record, eliminating the need to serve notice on other appropriate parties; (2) a hearing date on a petition for a determination of serial tax delinquencies may be set not earlier than 30 days and not later than 60 days after the petition is filed (current law specifies that the hearing date may be set not earlier than 15 days and not later than 25 days after the petition is filed); and (3) property taxes and special assessments are removed from the tax duplicate as soon as an order is issued finding that serial tax delinquencies exist with respect to the subject properties, regardless of whether the petitioner acquires a tax deed for the properties. Provides that a petitioner for a tax deed under the normal tax sale statute may (instead of must) include various items of documentation with the petition. Adds Kosciusko County to the list of counties whose municipalities may annex noncontiguous territory for industrial park purposes. ... View more