(INDIANAPOLIS) - Marion County homeowners' final tax bill of 2007 is finally in the mail. The payment due July 10 represents the change in your bill over 2006.
The state froze last year's payments at 2006 levels to redo property assessments and recalculate what everyone owed. 90% of homeowners will pay less than they would have if the original bills had been allowed to stand -- they'll save 400 dollars on average.
But about 21,000 people will end up paying more, most of them in Center and Washington townships. Nearly half of center township's homeowners will end up paying more.
In the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, which produced some of the loudest howls of outrage at last year's increases, Marion County Treasurer Michael Rodman says homeowners' new bills are "probably higher than they expect."
The tax rebates most of the state has already received will go out too, but may not arrive by July 10. The county treasurer's office sends the bills, while the auditor's office sends rebate checks.
Rodman says he hopes to send the first 2008 bills in September, with due dates in October and December -- but Center, Lawrence and Pike townships still haven't finished their assessments.
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