§ IC 36-9-27-42. Increases and decreases in assessments for periodic maintenance of drains; procedure
Sec. 42. (a) The board may at any time increase or decrease the amount annually assessed for periodic maintenance of a regulated drain if the board finds that the county surveyor’s estimate of the cost of maintaining the drain was insufficient or excessive.
(b) The board may decrease the amount annually assessed without notice to the affected owners if the percentage of benefit assigned to all tracts of land affected is not changed from that originally determined by the board.
Terms Used in Indiana Code 36-9-27-42
Board: refers to the drainage board of a county. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
Maintenance: means work on a drain as described in section 34(c) of this chapter for any of the purposes stated in that section. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
Owner: refers to the owner of any interest in land. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
(c) The board may increase the amount annually assessed once without notice to the affected owners if:
(1) the percentage of benefit assigned to all tracts of land affected is not changed from that originally determined by the board; and
(2) the increase does not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount initially established.
(d) If the board:
(1) finds that the percentage of benefit assigned to any particular tract or tracts of land should be increased due to a change in land use or for any other reason; or
(2) proposes an increase or decrease that would affect all of the lands assessed for the maintenance of the drain and that is not exempted from the giving of notice under subsection (b) or (c); the board shall mail a notice to the owner or owners of the land. The notice must state the proposed change in the assessment, and specify a date, time, and place, not less than ten (10) days after the notice is mailed, when the board will hear objections to the change. An owner may file written objections to the proposed change on or before the date of the hearing. At the hearing, the board shall consider all objections and evidence filed and shall enter an order as justice may require. The board shall mail a copy of its order to the owner or owners affected. If an owner does not request judicial review of the order under section 106 of this chapter within twenty (20) days after his receipt of the copy of the order, the order becomes conclusive.
(e) A joint board that includes three (3) or more counties in a drainage basin that exceeds one hundred thousand (100,000) acres shall publish notice in accordance with IC 5-3-1 instead of mailing notice to the owner or owners of land as required by subsection (d). As added by Acts 1981, P.L.309, SEC.101. Amended by Acts 1981, P.L.317, SEC.25; P.L.370-1983, SEC.2.