Officials anticipate questions on bills



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GREENFIELD — Property tax bills should start reaching the mailboxes of Hancock County residents late next week, but with a state clerical error resulting in nearly $3.9 million in refunds to local homeowners, county officials are bracing for plenty of questions.

Local officials last month announced a state clerical error in 2013 property tax bills, resulting in refunds this spring for everyone who claims a homestead property tax exemption.

The refunds will be in the form of a credit on the bills. Those who pay via a mortgage company – the majority of homeowners – can see how much their refund was by noting the “prepayments” line in the upper right-hand corner of their tax statement. Those who pay the county directly will notice the credit in the “prepayments and credits” line in the lower right-hand corner of the spring bill.

“We’re waiting for all the phone calls because we’re going to get a bunch,” said Hancock County Treasurer Janice Silvey.

Silvey said bills will be mailed Thursday and payments are due May 12 and Nov. 10. While the credits are good news for homeowners, Silvey said it’s bound to be confusing to people because they will owe one amount in the spring, another amount in the fall. For some, the prepayments and credits line could include other credits.

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