One of the first questions from taxpayers, friends and family is “How is it going in there?” That’s a tough question to answer. I know what we have accomplished in these few short weeks. We know the direction we want to take the office, the county, the taxpayers but we are not there yet. You deserve more and know we will get there with the help of this great team in the office.
Our website has been updated, http://www.co.greene.in.us/department/index.php?structureid=17, as well as you can follow us on Facebook at Nicole Stahl Greene County Treasurer. The county website will allow you to pay your taxes online to avoid lines and delays. There is also the option to pay over the phone and our automated system should be finished soon that allows payment with the touch of the keypad.
The Greene County Recorder, Stuart Dowden, has an amazing program for Veterans in the community. Area businesses have the option to sign up in the Recorder’s office to provide discounted services for veterans. Any Veteran may come into the Recorder’s office for a list and any business can sign up as well. Stuart has worked diligently over the years to help the community and this is just another way he is offering services to our honored taxpayers. The Greene County Treasurer’s office is working to create a program of its own to assist Veterans. We are so proud of their commitment and dedication that we felt we should work towards doing something to make their lives better, even just for a moment. We hope to launch this in the next 60 days.
Also, an important bit of information should be shared as well with State, County, local (towns, cities) employees, to include but not limited to, Greene County Hospital employees, library employees, schools, etc. We are mandated by code to review your tax payments. If you are delinquent, we are required to notify your employer for garnishment. My staff and I have been trying to call everyone we know in this situation to get it rectified before we report it. However, it has been difficult to find everyone. Please contact the office to make arrangements to avoid this situation.
Here is the IC Code:
IC 6-1.1- 22-14
Persons to whom political subdivision owes money; certification of governmental employees; search of delinquent tax levies
Sec. 14. (a) On or before June 1 and December 1 of each year (or more frequently if the county legislative body adopts an ordinance requiring additional certifications), the disbursing officer of each political subdivision and the township executive shall certify the name and address of each person who has money due the person from the political subdivision to the treasurer of each county in which the political subdivision is located. (b) On or before June 1 and December 1 of each year (or more frequently if the county legislative body adopts an ordinance requiring additional certifications), the disbursing officer for the state, each state educational institution, and every other governmental entity in Indiana that does not provide the information under subsection (a), shall certify the name and address of each person who is employed by the governmental entity to the county treasurer for the county where the employee works. A governmental entity that has an employee who works in more than one (1) county shall certify the information for the employee to the county where the employee has the employee’s principal office. (c) Upon the receipt of the information under subsection (a) or (b), the county treasurer shall search the treasurer’s records to ascertain if any person so certified to the treasurer is delinquent in the payment of property taxes. (Formerly: Acts 1975, P.L.47, SEC.1.) As amended by P.L.60-1988, SEC.3; P.L.30-1994, SEC.3; P.L.2-2007, SEC.116.
Thank you Greene County for this amazing opportunity to help make our county a bit better. Our first “Coffee and Comments” will be held March 12 at 7 a.m. at Rosie’s Diner in Hendricksville. This is my way to bring county government to you and for your concerns to be heard. My office is always open and I encourage a visit. We are diligently working to help each taxpayer.
Nicole Stahl is the Greene County Treasurer. She can be contacted at Nicole.Cox@co.greene.in.us.