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County Board to vote Tuesday on fix for three tax levy errors

Solution is expected to cost nearly $72,000

Matt Eggers
Bureau County clerk
Matt Eggers Bureau County clerk

PRINCETON — Bureau County Board’s fees and salaries committee met Thursday and determined a third tax installment is the best solution to correct three tax errors made during this year’s levy process.

Bureau County Clerk Matt Eggers on Monday confirmed the county board will vote Tuesday during its regular meeting on whether to approve the $71,900 solution.

If approved, Eggers said the third installment would be due Oct. 30. The tax bills must be sent 30 days prior to the due date, according to Eggers, therefore taxpayers would receive the notice before early October.

A certified mailing notice will also be sent to taxpayers notifying them of the error and the reason for the third installment. Eggers said Bureau County Treasurer Joe Birkey is still finalizing a date of when that notice will be sent out.

According to a cost analysis of the correction proposal, which has been sent to Bureau County Board members, the breakdown of the $71,900 cost is as follows: $51,000 for the certified mailing notice to taxpayers stating the error; $6,000 for postage; $5,900 for printing and supplies needed for the certified mailing; $5,000 to hire additional help in the clerk’s office to process the third installment; and $4,000 for the printing and supplies needed for the third tax installment.

Eggers said Monday if the third tax installment is approved by the board, it would correct the $949,000 shortage to 21 of 25 townships whose special road tax did not get levied this year.

It would capture the real estate taxes in the Bureau Valley School District needed to pay for the debt service on school construction bonds sold in 2018. The school district’s first payment is due this December.

The third tax installment would also collect taxes from Lake Arispie’s sanitary district, which were also not levied in the district this year due to an error. Eggers estimated a total of $3,300 among 12 households was not levied.

Eggers is serving the first year of a four-year term as county clerk and recorder. He was elected on Nov. 6, 2018, and replaced longtime County Clerk and Recorder Kami Hieronymus, who retired.

The county board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton.

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