Owners Asking Questions


A room was full of business owners at Top Guns tonight as they asked questions of their elected officials.

Many commercial property owners in Vigo County got hit hard in recent weeks with a property tax assessments they weren’t expecting, now they’re looking for a solution.

One of the businesses hit was Top Guns. Tonight, they decided to hold a meeting for fellow business owners to ask assessment questions.

Vigo County assessor elect Kevin Gardner was at the meeting. Things got heated when owners asked the assessor elect what he planned to do about the increased tax assessments.

He says, they’ll stay the same as they are right now.

Many owners property tax assessments increased upward of 80 thousand dollars and they worry the new expense will put them out of business and prevent further money being generated in Vigo County.

“If there’s a way to come to an agreement with the assessors office in advance, great maybe we can avoid a lot of angst for everyone if that is not a possibility then i would say our next position after that we’ll go through the appeals process and if it comes down to suing the county, we’ll do that if we have to,” Top Guns owner Steve Ellis said.

Attorneys like Kal Ellis were also on hand at the meeting. Business and home owners have until August 15th to appeal their assessments.

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