We are very proud to be the FIRST county in the State of Indiana to have our 2014 budgets approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.  This is a result of the collective work of all of our department heads and elected officials.  From the initial estimation and advertisement process, to early review, to swift adjustments, then final action, we submitted our figures based on the best balance of continuing valuable county services and maintaining good financial health.


Use this link to the Taxpayer Resources Section of this website to view all county departments' and offices' budgets:




If you have any questions, feel free to ask!


#OCINGov  #IndianaCounties




Owen County Government's 2014 budget requests have now been posted.  Budget hearings

will be held on September 5th and 6th in the second floor meeting room of the Owen County

Courthouse.  A detailed schedule of when each department/budget will be reviewed is

available on the taxpayer resources page of this site:


2014 County Budget Hearings Schedule


Budget hearings are open to the public and are designed to provide an opportunity for you to

voice concerns or questions you may have regarding county budgets. I invite you to be a

part of the process. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the process,

please ask.


Our County Auditor had provided budget data to me and I prepared copy in an Adobe PDF

format of the budget requests for you. Here is a link to the requests contained via the

taxpayer resource page of this site:


2014 County Budget Requests


Many decisions for 2014 are going to be made at these hearings based on where we are at

with the current 2013 budget and the details surrounding any proposed increases in 2014.

We will match the requests with the short-term and long-term challenges we have to address.

In addition, we have to review current budget appropriations and consider the state's financial projections/limitations for our county.  For 2014, we will continue to address issues such as vehicle rotations for the Sheriff and EMS Departments, wages/salaries structure adjustments and enhancements, wheel & surtaxes, economic development investments, and the growing impact of property tax caps.


Now that you have this information available to view, there are a couple of comments I want to make which may help put the process into perspective:




The 2014 budget requests are simply that--REQUESTS. By law, we have to advertise budget amounts in advance of the hearings. The advertised amounts are always much much higher than what winds up being approved because it gives us maximum flexibility in addressing the demand for our services and making adjustments. So, please do not be alarmed at things that may seem very high in dollar amount. As a Council member, my duty is to review each line item carefully, establish/justify needs, and match that up with priorities on any amounts before final approval.  In addition, we have to pass and operate under a balanced budget structure, so we can only pass an operating budget that we can pay for.




All county government services are funded from a variety of different revenue sources.


There is always a lot of discussion concerning property taxes. Depending on whether you live in the Town of Spencer or out in Washington Township, county government services pull between 16.1% and 21.3% of each property tax dollar you pay.  Here is a breakdown for 2013 (the current budget year):

District Two Property Tax Breakdown per Dollar
 (2013-Current Year)

Some departments and budgets are not funded by property tax.  In addition to property tax, other county revenue sources include, but are not limited to, income tax, motor vehicle excise taxes, service fees, 911 surcharges, interest, and state-distributed money.


Thank you for your time today. Additional information about the Owen County Council, myself, and local government can be found on this website. Please feel free to contact me with your questions/concerns.  #OCINGov



Social media has become a valuable tool in sharing useful information quickly.  Owen

County Council District Two's official facebook page has been designed with that in mind.


If you have a facebook account, please visit and "Like" the page:




If you haven't yet connected to it, there will be a "Like" button on the upper right hand side

of that page--cick on that so that the button shows "Liked" and you will be good to go. As

information is posted, you will get it automatically.


Information shared often:


- Taxpayer resources and information

- Emergency and weather warning information

- Notices of upcoming public meetings

- Availability of public meetings minutes files

- Notices of this website's updates, like new weblinks to Owen County-based

       businesses, churches, and organizations

- Photos and information on county government events and projects

- Photos and information on state projects impacting Owen County

- Re-posts of Spencer Evening World facebook links relating to local government

- Other information pertaining to our community


Thank you for you interest in staying connected with local government and community information.  As always,

I am an email or call away--I look forward to hearing from you.



The Auditor's office has released the 2012 payable 2013 property tax rates. An official copy

of the rate sheet is available in that office on the second floor of the courthouse. The Auditor's

office can be reached at 812-829-5000.  I would like to put a good word in for the hard work

and diligence of our local officials in getting all components in place for the approval and

release of these rates.  No one likes taxes but, the speedy efforts of our local officials gives

taxpayers extra time to prepare well in advance of the due date.  Here is a link to the taxpayer

resources section of this website with the rates:


2013 Owen County Property Tax Rates


In addition to the rate sheet, I have also taken the rate information for our District and created

a resource that you may also find valuable. It splits out each property tax dollar you pay by

each taxing unit.  You'll be able to know to the nearest 1/1000th of a cent how much of each

dollar you pay goes to each taxing unit.  All of this information is also available on this website

using the following link to the taxpayer resources section:


2013 District Two Property Tax Dollar Analysis & Charts


Your total net tax amount due is dependent on any applicable deductions, credits, exepmtions,

and tax caps that apply to each property you own.  The Treasurer's office had mailed all tax

statements on march 28th and the first installment is due May 10th.  All questions concerning

the tax statements can be directed to the Treasurer's office at 812-829-5011.


As always, if I can be of assistance to you, feel free to contact me.




I'm Anton Neff and I am your representative for District Two on
the Owen County Council.  Last night, the Owen County Council
conducted its first meeting of 2013.  Enclosed is
information you may find helpful when you have questions about
Owen County government or need assistance throughout the coming


It is a seven member board consisting of four members elected
from districts and three elected county wide.  The Council
reviews and sets county operating budgets, sets certain tax
rates, establishes compensation for county employees,
appropriates public funds, and has the ability to
secure financing for county government projects.  The Council
also makes appointments to several local boards and committees.


Anton Karl Neff
Owen County Councilman, District 2
306 N Park Ave
Spencer, Indiana  47460

(812) 829-4254 Home
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Yes--there are official websites for both District Two and Owen
County government.

District Two:  http://www.antonkarlneff.com

On this website, you will find:

-A schedule of upcoming meetings

-Minutes to meetings for the County Council, County
Commissioners, County Plan Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals,
Owen Valley Fire Territory, and the Town of Spencer

-County office telephone numbers

-Links to Owen County businesses, churches, organizations,
local utility companies, media, recreational facilities, and
other governmental entities.

-Occasional surveys and information on certain issues

-Taxpayer resources and tax analysis

Owen County Government:  http://www.owencounty.in.gov/

On this website, you will find:

-County Departments' information

-Meeting minutes files

-Notices & alerts

-Forms and publications

-County staff contact information


Yes--there is an official facebook page for District 2.  Please
visit that page and "like" it to stay connected with local



Jennifer Abrell, At-Large member
Irma Jean Franklin, At-Large member
Angie Lawson, At-Large member (Vice-President)
Nick Robertson, District 1 member
Anton Karl Neff, District 2 member
Chuck Hess, District 3 member
Patty Steward, District 4 member (President)


Regular meetings and budget hearings are open to the public and
you are invited!

Regular monthly meetings are held at the Owen County Courthouse
in the 2nd floor meeting room on the second Monday of each month
at 7:00 PM.  The deadline to be a part of the meeting agenda
regarding an issue relating to the County Council is the Monday
prior to the meeting at Noon.  All agenda inquires can be
directed to the Auditor at 829-5000.

Annual budget hearings are also held at the Courthouse and are
usually conducted in late August.

Special meetings, work sessions, and committee meetings can also
occur as needed and may be advertised on a per case basis in the
Spencer Evening World.


Any issue relating to finances, budgets, compensation, funds,
taxes, etc., as noted above.

If you have a question that is outside the realm of the County
Council's duties, I can still help point you in the right
direction for assistance.

Communication is a two-way street and I also often contact folks
in the District to ask for their opinions and insight on issues
as well.  You can also specifically contact me regarding County
Plan Commission issues as I serve as the Council's appointment
to that board.


I encourage open communication and in order to do so, I simply
ask that people identify themselves.  I do not respond to
unsigned letters, anonymous calls, etc.  If a person
specifically requests that I keep their name confidential when I
work to address an issue, I will honor that.

Please let me know if you have an alternate email address you
would like me to make note of.  Thank you very much for your
time.  I look forward to working with you!

Paid for by Anton Karl Neff personally