County Government

Appeals pay off for biz ownersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
More than one in four Marion County commercial and industrial property owners has appealed its property tax assessments this year, and the challenges often are paying off in a big way.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Communities making tough choices will be better offRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mike Hicks
During the coming weeks, a number of Indiana cities and counties will be coming to terms with their new budget realities.
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Residents to decide fate of township assessorsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In this election, citizens must decide whether the assessing duties of the elected township assessor in the township should be transferred to the county assessor.
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'Rollcrete' might provide alternative to pricey asphaltRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Chris O\'malley

Cities and counties are looking for alternatives to asphalt as the price soars for the oil-based material and threatens to bring paving projects and contractors skidding to a halt. The city of Indianapolis may have just found one viable alternative that goes down like asphalt: roller-compacted concrete, or "rollcrete."


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Flood of appeals expected after rushed biz property-tax assessmentRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In 2005, assessors valued the 559-acre Indianapolis Motor Speedway at $34.4 million for property tax purposes. According to the latest Marion County reassessment, it now has a market value of $170 million. Thousands of other businesses also would see extraordinary spikes in property values, according to an IBJ analysis of the latest assessment data.
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Aging IT system contributes to property-assessment woesRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana deliberately chose not to invest the tens of millions necessary for technology that could provide an accurate property-tax forecast. Instead, the state relied on an aging patchwork of property tax software that allows officials only to guess whether assessed valuations of homes and businesses are correct.
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Three-decade landfill battle rages onRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Chris O'Malley
World War II could have been fought seven times over since Ralph Reed and sons first tried to build Mallard Lake Landfill outside of Anderson. The Reeds' dream of big cash from trash has upset hundreds of residents in subdivision-dotted fields since the family asked Madison County to rezone their 254-acre farm in the 1970s.
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Mass transit's catch? Paying for itRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
The idea of rapid transit is popular locally, but there's no consensus on how to finance it. For construction alone, it would cost at least $546 million for suburban express bus service up to $1.4 billion for an "automated guideway" system similar to a monorail. And that's for only one corridor.
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