The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance this week said it would extend the deadlines for local governments and other taxing entities to send in their fiscal 2009 budgets and levies for approval. By pushing the deadline from September to December, the DLGF said it hopes to give local officials enough time to better analyze potential tax rates and levies and the effect of property tax caps.

“While most cities and towns are well on the way to finalizing budgets at this point, the added time may give some flexibility to those who are finding it necessary to run additional calculations to analyze the impact of the new property tax caps,” Matthew Greller, executive director of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, said in a statement on the new deadline.

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