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New Indiana Finance Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave '79 Making "Big Impact"

August 6, 2007

Cheryl Musgrave.jpgAugust 6, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "It's been a mere three weeks since Cheryl Musgrave took on the job as commissioner of the [Indiana] Department of Local Government Finance. But already, the Vanderburgh County Republican has had a big impact," reports today's Louisville Courier-Journal. A 1979 graduate of DePauw University, Cheryl (Waldron) Musgrave's agency "reviews local government assessments, budgets and projects but has been little known to the public until problems with property taxes exploded this year," notes the newspaper.

The Courier-Journal's Lesley Stedman Weidenbener explains, "Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered four counties to re-do their assessments for this year's tax bills because Musgrave feared problems with business assessments pushed tax burdens to homeowners. Now, Musgrave is reviewing whether more reassessments will be necessary and she's threatening to withhold state subsidies from counties that don't provide the agency with the data for the reviews. She's also promised to get tough with local officials seeking big budget increases."

Musgrave says, "The governor said he was interested in something that is near and dear to my heart [local government reorganization]. Specifically, he's engaged in the concept of consolidating assessing at the county level and he's open to changes in assessing even further."

The article points out that Musgrave "is a graduate of DePauw Indiana Statehouse Summer.jpgUniversity in Greencastle, the town where she spent her teenage years. She was born in Germany, the daughter of a military man, and traveled with her family abroad until she was 8 years old. Then the family moved around the United States until her father was assigned to the ROTC program at DePauw when she was 12 years old. That's when Musgrave got her first taste of politics, handing out pamphlets for Dick Lugar, then a candidate for U.S. Senate. At DePauw, Musgrave met her husband. They moved to Washington, D.C., for his law school and then to Manhattan for his job."

Since returning to Indiana, Cheryl Musgrave has served as Vanderburgh County assessor and county commissioner. Governor Daniels appointed her to the state post on July 13.

Access the complete story in the Courier-Journal.

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