IndyGo received the green light to proceed with a Tax Court appeal of about $800,000 in budget cuts the state ordered for the public transportation service in 2012.
Indiana Tax Court Judge Martha Blood Wentworth in an order Wednesday denied the Department of Local Government Finance’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. Wentworth rejected DLGF’s arguments that IndyGo lacked standing to appeal its order in court.
Wentworth ruled that IndyGo had objected formally to the budget cuts when it filed a 1782 Notice with the department contesting the department’s final decision that had been incorporated into Marion County’s budget order for the year.
“When IndyGo responded to the DLGF’s 1782 Notice, it initiated an appeal that conferred standing for it to seek judicial review of the 2012 Marion County Budget Order under Indiana Code § 6-1.1-17-16(g)(1),” Wentworth wrote in denying DLGF’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation v. Department of Local Government Finance, 49T10-1203-TA-19. “The Court will schedule a case management conference under separate cover.”