I think about Howard Doster every time I consult the documentation for farmland property assessment on the Department of Local Government Finance website (here: https://www.in.gov/dlgf/7016.htm ). Back in 1998 the Indiana Supreme Court required Indiana to change the way property was assessed for taxes. In 1999 Howard Doster and John Huie wrote a memo describing how farmland could be assessed, to be consistent with the Court’s requirements. The DLGF adopted the method, and includes the memo in their reference materials when they announce the new farmland base rate every year. It’s on pages 10 to 14 of the 2020 document. It’s just one small project in a lifetime of effort, but that’s several hundred million dollars of tax bills and local government revenue, all based on Howard’s work.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. As Howard’s daughter, I never knew of this contribution. Wow!

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