Indiana School District’s Math Mistake Causes Millions In Tax Increases

A supposed worksheet “error” causes property owners to have their taxes to go up.

It is mind boggling that school districts in the state do not have stricter accounting guidelines. If this was done in the private sector, people would be fired.

Here’s more out of Monroe County Indiana:

Call 6 did some checking and found out the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation (RBBCSC) superintendent Dr. Mike Wilcox made the error while preparing the debt worksheet submitted to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

Dr. Wilcox erroneously reported the 2013 Lease Rental bond payment for the first six months of 2019 as $1,224,208 and the Building Lease payment as $1,375,500.

“The increase in the Debt Service property tax rate was simply a mistake,” said Kerr in a statement to Call 6 Investigates. “The RBBCSC School Board apologizes to our

taxpayers for the mistake.”

The school district submitted the worksheet to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, the state agency responsible for ensuring property tax assessment and local government budgeting are carried out in accordance with Indiana law as well as approving tax rates for schools and other taxing authorities.

Smith said 10,605 tax bills are impacted by the increase.

Others are questioning the timing of the superintendent’s blunder, given the school corporation is starting millions of dollars in construction projects including renovations and improvements to athletic facilities.



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