Ind. Code § 32-24-1-9

Current through P.L. 171-2024
Section 32-24-1-9 - Appraisers; oath and duty
(a) Each appraiser shall take an oath that:
(1) the appraiser has no interest in the matter; and
(2) the appraiser will honestly and impartially make the assessment.
(b) After the appraisers are sworn as provided in subsection (a), the judge shall instruct the appraisers as to:
(1) their duties as appraisers; and
(2) the measure of the damages and benefits, if any, they allow.
(c) The appraisers shall determine and report all of the following:
(1) The fair market value of each parcel of property sought to be acquired and the value of each separate estate or interest in the property.
(2) The fair market value of all improvements pertaining to the property, if any, on the portion of the property to be acquired.
(3) The damages, if any, to the residue of the property of the owner or owners caused by taking out the part sought to be acquired.
(4) The other damages, if any, that will result to any persons from the construction of the improvements in the manner proposed by the plaintiff.
(d) If the property is sought to be acquired by the state or by a county for a public highway or a municipal corporation for a public use that confers benefits on any property of the owner, the report must also state the benefits that will accrue to each parcel of property, set opposite the description of each parcel of property whether described in the complaint or not.
(e) Except as provided in subsection (f), in estimating the damages specified in subsection (c), the appraisers may not deduct for any benefits that may result from the improvement.
(f) In the case of a condemnation by the state or by a county for a public highway or a municipal corporation for public use, the appraisers shall deduct any benefits assessed from the amount of damage allowed, if any, under subsection (c)(3) and (c)(4) and the difference, if any, plus the damages allowed under subsection (c)(1) and (c)(2) shall be the amount of the award. However, the damages awarded may not be less than the damages allowed under subsection (c)(1) and (c)(2). Upon the trial of exceptions to the award by either party, a like measure of damages must be followed.
(g) For the purpose of assessing compensation and damages, the right to compensation and damages is considered to have accrued as of the date of the service of the notice provided in section 6 of this chapter, and actual value of compensation and damages at that date shall be:
(1) the measure of compensation for all property to be actually acquired; and
(2) the basis of damages to property not actually acquired but injuriously affected;

except as to the damages stated in subsection (c)(4).

IC 32-24-1-9

Pre-2002 Recodification Citation: 32-11-1-6.

As added by P.L. 2-2002, SEC.9.