- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—Budget season is here.

Vanderburgh County on Monday morning published its budget hearing dates for next week, but they were removed from the Department of Local Government Finance’s website later in the day.

Hearings were set for Aug. 4-5 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 301 of the Civic Center, but since those dates weren’t posted 10 days in advance, as required by state law, the county will have to reschedule.

Vanderburgh County Auditor Joe Gries said his office is working with the state to change the dates. Regardless, the budget debates in Vanderburgh County and Evansville will start in August, he said.

The Vanderburgh County Council, a seven-person political body that oversees finances for the county, will vet budget proposals from county department heads during the hearings.

Following the hearings, the council will make cuts to the proposed budget during a meeting at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 2.

As they have in recent years, county officials are dealing with frozen tax revenues as a result of the property tax caps passed several years ago by the Indiana Legislature.

The budget adoption hearing is scheduled for Sept. 30.

The Evansville City Council hearings for the city budget are Aug. 17-18 and 20-21. Those hearings start at 2:30 p.m., except for Aug. 20, which starts at 1:30 p.m.

A hearing on government agencies that are jointly funded by Evansville and Vanderburgh County governments is at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

The state deadline for budget adoption is Nov. 2, the day before Election Day.

Last year, the City Council formally adopted the Evansville budget the day before the state’s deadline.

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