On June 19, 2010, CDCPTR with support of local businesses and real estate companies, sponsored the first Property Tax Appeal Help Day. Although I don’t have the full numbers of how many people came seeking help, the last count was over 125 property owners. 300 total packets of information were distributed.
Each person was greeted with a smile and handed a packet of information with step by step instructions on how to file and what to do after it has been submitted. From that point citizens were given comparable property information and then directed to a volunteer trained in assessment appeals. Delaware County Assessor, James Carmichael, spent his Saturday answering questions and assisting the public.
Matthew, a bright civic-minded student from Ball State University was busy helping with the influx of concerned property owners. Matthew is a keeper and one to watch. Others donated their Saturday morning, I can’t remember all their names.
Although, child care was not provided, a couple of us soon found ourselves being entertained by a beautiful little girl. She started out quiet and ended up singing and playing games, while her father worked on a myriad of complicated property issues inside.
Someone generously donated the food served. Mrs. Alexander took charge of the kitchen. Grilling up some of the best sausage sandwiches for the volunteers, and burgers for anyone which had a hankering to eat.
Jim Arnold, a prolific writer of letters in the local newspaper, seemed to be quite an attraction. Several people asked about him and wanted to meet the dude.
Although, it is still too early to determine if any person won their appeal, at least two people found their property tax caps were wrong and received instructions on how to get a refund.
It was a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and meet so many fine people. Almost everyone had a story to tell. We hope this will be an annual event and we learned quite a bit which will help the process run even smoother next year.
A very big thank you to the citizens and property owners for helping to make this a success. Good luck on your appeals.