Indianapolis - Marion County announced it signed a contract with Manatron, Inc., for the reassessment of all commercial and industrial properties in Marion County.
The county said in a news release that Manatron was selected after the county solicited bids from all professional appraisers certified by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF). Marion County agreed to pay Manatron $1.8 million to complete the reassessment by February 1, 2008.
Governor Mitch Daniels ordered a freeze on all residential property taxes in Marion County and also called for the reassessment of business properties following what many call a property tax crisis in the county. Residents saw their bills double or even triple over last year's bills, while state officials say property taxes on businesses did not change - in some cases - in a six-year period.
Manatron, Inc., is a Michigan corporation that has been providing assessment software and appraisal services in Indiana since 1972, and has had an Indianapolis office for over ten years. Manatron's software currently provides over 1,300 customers across North America the power to manage over 20 million parcels. In Indiana alone, 75 of the 92 counties use Manatron's computer assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) software for property tax assessment.
Manatron has partnered with the Schneider Corporation, an Indianapolis-based Women Business Enterprise, to provide GIS Assessment Analysis services. Schneider will use its expertise with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to assist Manatron.
Four assessors hired to manage residential reassessment
The Marion County assessor has also hired four top-level assessors to manage the reassessment of residential properties. Jeff Tracy has been named the Director of Reassessment. Tracy most recently served as Hearing Examiner for the Marion County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals. He has eight years of assessing experience, and has completed most of the training offered by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). He is a frequent lecturer at statewide assessor conferences.
Kurt Barrow, Joseph O'Connor, and Brenda Dudley have been appointed as Deputy Directors of Reasssessment. Kurt Barrow worked for nine years with the DLGF as Policy Advisor to the Commissioner. He authored many of the rules for local assessing officials. Kurt previously served as the Director of Education for the IAAO, where he created the training materials for this 8,000 member organization and taught many of the courses required for members to obtain the IAAO's professional designations.
Joseph O'Connor recently served as Chief Deputy Assessor for Warren Township in Marion County. Before that, he was the Chief Deputy Assessor for Pike Township for four years. O'Connor has sixteen years assessing experience, and has completed many of the courses offered by the IAAO.
Brenda Dudley recently served as Assistant Director of Operations and Data Analysis Division for the DLGF, where she supervised a data analysis team to provide property tax analysis for the DLGF, the Governor, and the Office of Management and Budget. She has a computer degree from Purdue University and is working toward her MBA.
(Info from press release)