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    Monroe County 2023 Budget

    Pursuant to IC 6-1.1-17-3, notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of Monroe County, Indiana that for property taxes due and payable in 2023 local government budget notices, including budget and tax levy information, will be available at www.budgetnotices.in.gov or by calling the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) at (888)-739-9826. Interested parties may subscribe to receive selected government budget notices via email by going to: http://budgetnotices.in.gov/AlertMe.aspx.

    Brief Introduction to the County Budget Process:
    How do we get from here to there?

    While the local government budget process provides opportunities for public input on proposed budgets, the process can seem challenging, particularly to members of the public who may not be experienced in working with County government. The purpose of this guide is to provide members of the public with a brief overview of the County’s 2023 budget process in plain language.  

    The process begins with budget requests made by each department in Monroe County Government. This process covers January 1 – December 31, 2023. Those budget requests are combined into a single document, which is available to the public here:  

    2023 Approved Monroe County Budget Detail

    Council will also review budget requests from the Monroe Fire Protection District and the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District.  Their budgets are available to the public here:

    2023 Monroe Fire Protection District Budget Requests

    2023 Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Budget Requests

    Members of the public are always encouraged to communicate and share input with their County Council representatives about this budget request at any time.  Contact information for County Council members can be found here

    From here, the budget request will go through the following steps to final approval

    Budget Work Sessions: 
    The County Council will hold five (5) budget work sessions to discuss these budget proposals with the department heads who submitted them.  During these work sessions, the County Council may increase, decrease, or leave budget proposals unchanged.  These work session discussions may be very detailed, involving specific line items.

    These budget work sessions will take place on September 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, and 15th beginning at 5:00 pm. These work sessions are held in the Nat U Hill Meeting Room, located on the third floor of the Courthouse, and are open to the public.  They will also be televised on CATS-TV.

    Advertisement: 
    After the budget work sessions, the revised budget - now called the "proposed" budget, along with proposed property tax rates and levies, will be entered into the State's Gateway system.  Gateway is the State's local government transparency portal.  This is call advertisement, and it is the "official" notice to the public of the County's proposed budget and property tax levy.

    The advertisement will be available here:  https://budgetnotices.in.gov/unit_lookup.aspx?ct=53000

    Once the budget and property tax levies have been advertised, they cannot be increased.  They can only be decreased or left the same.

    Our goal is to have the budget advertised around September 21st, though that date could change slightly.  After advertisement, members of the public are again encouraged to review the advertised budget and communicate their input with their County Council representatives.  See above link for advertised departmental budgets.

    Public Hearing: 
    The official Public Hearing for the 2023 budget will be conducted on October 4th at 5:30 pm.  The Public Hearing will also be televised on CATS-TV.  During the hearing, members of the public are invited to comment about the advertised 2023 budget.  County Council members may also discuss the budget and vote on changes at this meeting, again, at this point, only decreases to the proposed budget maybe considered.  (To clarify, this means no overall increase can be made to the bottom line total of the County budget.  An increase can be made, if an equal or larger decrease is also made.)

    Members of the public may still communicate their input on the proposed budget to their representatives on the County Council after the public hearing by contacting them directly

    Budget Adoption: 
    The County Council adopts the 2023 Monroe County Budget over two days, First Reading on October 11th and the Second Reading/Adoption on October 18th, at 5:30 pm each evening.  The Council will read the 2023 budget and property tax levies into the record on October 11th ("first reading").  The Council may also discuss the budget at this point, and proposed changes (again, no net increases are permitted at this stage).  The County Council will then, on October 18th at 5:30 pm read the budget and property tax levies again into the record ("final reading"), discuss, and take a final  vote.  This vote is on the entire 2023 budget and property tax levies and rates, not on individual budgets or lines.

    These budget meetings will be conducted in person in the Nat U Hill Meeting Room. These meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person or by Zoom.  They will also be televised by CATS-TVPublic comment will be taken at the First Reading and Second Reading/Adoption meetings on October 11th and 18th at 5:30 pm.

    Once the final budget is adopted by the County Council, the adopted budget and property tax rates and levies are sent to the State Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) for review.  The purpose of the review is to ensure that all relevant statues are followed and that each budget is supportable by revenues - the State will not make a value judgement on the content of the budget, but may make changes to comply with the law.  Once the State has conducted its review, it will send the County what is known as a 1782 Notice, which gives the County an opportunity to review the State determined budget, tax rates, and levies and look for errors. The County has a strictly enforced 10-day period to point out any errors to the State.

    After the 1782 process has concluded, along with a few weeks of review by the State, the Department of Local Government Finance will issue the final certified Budget Order for the County, which specifies the official 2021 budget, and tax rates and levies for Monroe County Government.  That certified Budget Order can be found at this link:  https://secure.in.gov/dlgf/2570.htm?wt.cg_n=reportslinks&wt.cg_s=monroecounty

    Zoom Link Connection for ALL Budget Sessions:

    https://monroecounty-in.zoom.us/j/89742017751?pwd=Y2JNZlI0aXVxSFRRWndoYmJRT3hYdz09

    Meeting ID: 897 4201 7751
    Password: 979102

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    2023 BUDGET SESSION AGENDAS:
    Budget Session 1 - Wednesday, September 7th;    AMENDED Agenda
    Budget Session 2 - Thursday, September 8th
    Budget Session 3 - Tuesday, September 13th      AMENDED Agenda
    Budget Session 4 - Wednesday, September 14th
    Budget Session 5 - Thursday, September 15th

    Monroe County Budget Reports, both past and present, can be found on Gateway at this link: Budget Summary Report

    Prior Year Budget Links:

    Other County Council Approved Budget Links:

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    Monroe County Courthouse
    100 W Kirkwood Ave
    Suite 306
    Bloomington, IN 47404
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