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House Bill (S)

DIGEST

Local government matters. Provides that the state board of accounts, instead of the budget agency, is to approve audits for regional development authorities and allows for private examiners to perform audits. Excludes political subdivisions that do not have the power to impose property taxes from the requirement to upload a digital copy of certain contracts on the Indiana transparency Internet web site. Provides that if a political subdivision publishes or submits to the department of local government finance's (DLGF) computer gateway a notice that contains an error or omission that inaccurately reflects the tax rate, tax levy, or budget actually Local government matters. Provides that the state board of accounts, instead of the budget agency, is to approve audits for regional development authorities and allows for private examiners to perform audits. Excludes political subdivisions that do not have the power to impose property taxes from the requirement to upload a digital copy of certain contracts on the Indiana transparency Internet web site. Provides that if a political subdivision publishes or submits to the department of local government finance's (DLGF) computer gateway a notice that contains an error or omission that inaccurately reflects the tax rate, tax levy, or budget actually proposed or fixed by the political subdivision by an amount that is less than 0.1%, the notice is a valid notice and the DLGF shall correct the error or omission. Specifies the deadlines for county auditors to submit property tax settlement and distribution information to the DLGF. Repeals the electronic digital signature act. Amends the definition of "owner" (for purposes of the property tax statutes) to delete the provision specifying that an owner of tangible property includes the holder of a tenancy for a term of years. Eliminates the permissive written demand to a county resident who is delinquent in the payment of personal property taxes during the period from May 10 to October 31. Changes the time period from at least 21 to 30 days for the county treasurer's notice of the sale of a mobile home. Deletes obsolete language in the statutes exempting certain business personal property with an acquisition cost of less than $20,000. Specifies that a taxpayer eligible for such an exemption must include on the taxpayer's personal property tax return: (1) information concerning whether the taxpayer's business personal property within the county is in one location or multiple locations; and (2) an address for the location of the property. Provides that if a local service fee is imposed on a taxpayer claiming such an exemption, the county shall include the local service fee on a property tax bill associated with the tax district in which the majority value of the taxpayer's business personal property within the county is located. Provides that a taxpayer may be charged only one local service fee per county. Specifies that if a penalty is imposed on a taxpayer for failing to declare on the taxpayer's tax return that the taxpayer is entitled to the exemption for business personal property with an acquisition cost of less than $20,000, the county shall include the penalty on a property tax bill associated with the tax district in which the majority value of the taxpayer's business personal property within the county is located. Eliminates (effective retroactive to July 1, 2017) several property tax deduction and credit reapplication requirements that were added by HEA 1450-2017 concerning unmarried taxpayers who married, married taxpayers who divorced, and taxpayers who came to own their property jointly or as tenants in common with another individual. Provides that the appropriate county officer designated by the county executive (rather than the assessor, under current law) is responsible for: (1) maintaining data files of the geographic information system characteristics of each parcel in the county as of each assessment date; and (2) submitting those files to the geographic information office of the office of technology. Requires that the budget notice that political subdivisions must publish on the DLGF's computer gateway must also include information concerning the percentage change between the current and proposed tax levies of each fund. Provides that a person seeking a property tax exemption for property used for a charitable purpose may file an exemption application up to 30 days following the statutory deadline for the exemption application if the person pays a late filing fee. Requires county auditors to submit data on deductions applicable to the current tax year to the homestead property data base on or before March 15 of each year, in a manner prescribed by the DLGF. Repeals the statute providing for a county board of tax adjustment. Repeals provisions related to the county board of tax adjustment and the local budgeting process. Specifies that a political subdivision shall file the budget adopted by the political subdivision with the DLGF not later than five business days after the budget is adopted. Authorizes the DLGF to adopt rules for procedures related to local government budgeting. Specifies that the adoption, amendment, or repeal of such a rule by the DLGF may not take effect before March 1 or after July 31 of a particular year. Provides that the county executive (instead of the DLGF) may cancel any property taxes assessed against real property owned by a county, township, city, town, or body corporate and politic under certain circumstances. Removes the provision in current law that requires the DLGF to be a party to any contract in which a county assessor employs professional appraisers as technical advisers for assessments. Provides that the standard contract to employ professional appraisers is void if: (1) the appraiser is not certified at the time the contract is executed; or (2) the DLGF subsequently revokes the appraiser's certification. Requires a county that enters into a contract for computer software and with a software provider to upload the contract to the Indiana transparency Internet web site. Provides that a governmental entity shall (not may) submit a proposed notice, ordinance, or resolution to the DLGF for review. Requires a political subdivision to adopt the needed changes to its budget, tax levy, or rate in a public meeting if the political subdivision's tax levy is increased by the DLGF to an amount that exceeds the amount originally advertised or adopted by the political subdivision. Provides that a civil taxing unit may not request permission to impose a property tax on account of revenue shortfalls, if the revenue shortfall preceded the most recent certified budget for the civil taxing unit by more than five years. Specifies that: (1) rules adopted by the DLGF for the appraisal of real property may not apply to any appraisal contemporaneously being conducted under a county's reassessment plan; and (2) rules adopted by the DLGF may first apply to the reassessment phase beginning in the following calendar year under a county's reassessment plan. Specifies that for purposes of attributing the amount of a property tax deduction or exemption to the gross assessed value of a property: (1) a deduction or exemption that is specific to an improvement shall be applied only to the assessed value allocation pertaining to that improvement; and (2) to the extent that a deduction or exemption is not specific to an improvement, the deduction or exemption shall be applied in the order that will maximize the benefit of the deduction or exemption to the taxpayer. Provides that Highland Township in Greene County may increase its maximum township property tax levy for 2020 and thereafter. Provides that Taylor Township in Greene County may increase its maximum township property tax levy and its maximum fire protection and emergency services property tax levy for 2020 and thereafter. Allows Green Township in Hancock County to increase its maximum levy for the township's general fund to offset the reduction in the maximum levy that occurred beginning in 2003 that was based on the township's actual levy (levy banked amount). Extends the maximum time period from 20 to 22 years for the allocation of local income taxes for correctional and rehabilitation facilities. Limits to 20% the amount of revenue that may be used for operating expenses for correctional facilities and rehabilitation facilities in the county if the ordinance to impose the tax rate is adopted after June 30, 2019. Changes the time line for providing local income tax distribution numbers to local units. Removes local income tax economic development allocations from the adjustment to Clark County's economic development revenue allocation. Revises a statute concerning the investment of proceeds from the sale of the Montgomery County hospital. Allows school corporations to apply for an advance from the common school fund to pay certain property tax refunds resulting from significant property tax appeals that were lost or settled by counties. Limits the total advance amount to all school corporations to $10,000,000. Authorizes a county fiscal body to establish a salary schedule that includes greater compensation for the presiding officer or secretary of the county fiscal body or county executive if certain conditions are satisfied. Provides that a redevelopment commission may issue bonds or enter into leases with a term of up to 35 years to finance a project that includes, as part of the project, the use and repurposing of two or more buildings and structures that are: (1) at least 75 years old; and (2) located at a site at which manufacturing previously occurred over a period of at least 75 years. Specifies that in the case of an allocation area for such a project, the expiration date of the allocation provision may not be more than 35 years after the date on which the allocation provision is established. Allows an adopting body (the county fiscal body or the local income tax council, whichever is applicable) to adopt an ordinance to provide for an alternative distribution of the certified share part of local income tax revenue based on revenue and population of municipalities and townships in the county. Provides that the statute restricting the disclosure of a covered person's address by a county, city, town, or township applies to a surviving spouse of a covered person, if the covered spouse was killed in the line of duty. Voids an annexation remonstrance waiver (waiver) executed before July 1, 2003. Voids a waiver executed after June 30, 2003, and before July 1, 2019, unless the waiver was recorded in the county where the property is located before January 1, 2020. Voids a waiver executed after June 30, 2019, unless the waiver was recorded in the county where the property is located within 30 business days after the date the waiver was executed. Provides that a waiver executed after June 30, 2003, that was properly recorded expires 15 years after the date the waiver was executed. Provides that waivers voided under the bill do not invalidate annexations that were effective before July 1, 2019. Provides that a city or town may contract for fire protection services and requires that a contract for fire protection services be in writing and for a fixed term. Provides that an individual elected to certain county offices must take a newly elected official training course before the individual first takes office. Provides that the newly elected official training course counts toward the individual's other elected official training requirements. Provides that money in the county elected officials training fund may be used to provide: (1) travel, lodging, and related expenses associated with any training paid for from the fund; and (2) training of one or more designees of a county elected official if sufficient funds are appropriated by the county fiscal body. Provides that money in the county elected officials training fund may be used for the newly elected official training course expenses. Provides that the failure of an individual to complete the required training does not prevent the individual from taking an office to which the individual was elected. Provides that certain statutes relating to the lease of real property by a political subdivision do not apply to a lease if the total annual cost of the lease is less than $250,000. Validates a lease entered into by a political subdivision before January 1, 2019, with an annual cost of less than $250,000 if the political subdivision's leasing agent did not comply with these statutes when the lease was entered into. Provides for an extension of time to submit a city's budget in the case of a veto after October 1. Removes the appointment of members to the Fort Harrison reuse authority by the Indianapolis mayor and by Marion County. Specifies that all members or employees of a volunteer fire department who also serve on the fiscal body of a local government unit must abstain from voting on the unit's budget. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee, for study during the 2019 interim of the general assembly, the topic of local income taxes, including revenue allocations and uses. Makes technical changes and corresponding changes. ... View more