Putnam attorney Jennifer Scragg Karr said after the meeting that it's the job of commissioners to compare last year's property taxes with the new values.
"They knew why it was changed -- because they didn't turn their form in," Karr said.
Also at the meeting, Andes said he was frustrated that newly elected Sheriff Steve Deweese has handed out raises.
"I just think there needs to be justification for that stuff," Andes said. He acknowledged that Deweese can spend his department's budget how he wants.
Deweese has given raises that range between 2 percent and 25 percent, according to Andes.
In a telephone interview, Deweese said he gave raises in the tax office after a woman with more than 30 years in the office retired.
"I filled the position and took the additional budgeted money and disbursed it among the entire department," he said.
Three people were given higher amounts -- the chief deputy of the tax department and two who have more experience and responsibilities than others in the office, Deweese said.
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