?Hunt for History PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2008 00:00

Bart Kay presents Mary "Jeannie" Hartsook of the Salem High School SADD and students with about $7,500 in gold at the Courthouse in Salem from the Hunt for History.

The hunt ran for the last year and went unclaimed by treasure hunters, so the gold bars, originally valued at $5000, but now appreciated in value, were presented to the group who sold the most maps for the hunt. The bars have since been replaced with silver so that hunters can continue their search.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:08
?Following the trail of the tax money in Washington County PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
?    Do arguments over the purpose of taxation and the blatant inequities in tax law have credence–with out a doubt they do.  However, the complexity of the taxation laws at all levels of government as well as the convoluted appropriation process of those tax revenues can cause the average taxpayer attempting to understand the whole process to throw up his or her hands in frustration.
    The recent debacle brought on by the new property tax program here in Indiana is but one example of how efforts to respond to frustrated taxpayers has only exacerbated the problem by making the necessary process of collecting taxes to pay for vital services, and all the other good stuff mentioned in the Preamble of the United States Constitution, a nightmare for taxpayers, government officials and those whose responsibility it is to provide public services without timely revenues such as public schools, public health agencies, the court system, etc.
    In Washington County, not unlike the other 91 counties across the state there are elected officials whose responsibility it is to calculate, collect, spend, and account for tax dollars.  The rules by which this intricate game is played are wrapped up in codified requirements, restrictions, and regulations that are available online at the State of Indiana website, http://www.in.gov.  How those tax dollars are spent can be the contention of heated debate in both public and closed meetings of those elected officials.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 14:42
?WCHTC announces survey winners PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
?    In a recent Washington County HomeTown Competitiveness meeting, Pillar Team drew names for the incentive prizes for those filling out the community survey.  
    Winning a $100 Jay C gift card was Betty Brown of Salem. Angie Strasser, also of Salem, won the $100 True Value gift card. Winners have been notified by phone. The team picked two numbers at random and then checked the results from the survey to see which respondents matched those numbers.
    Volunteers are continuing to input the data from the youth surveys. When all the data has been entered, the Pillar Team will conduct a drawing for the youth prize. Students in all grades in each of the county high schools participated in the youth survey.
    The Phase 1 report on WCHTC work to date is complete. The Pillar Team will bind these, send copies to the state, and make copies available to the community for check-out. A copy will also be available at the SAlem Public Library for anyone who is interested. The report is quite detailed and includes all the activities, meetings, and results over the last 11 months.
    The Pillar Team, site coach Dr. David Beck, and other community members will be attending an Indiana HTC celebration in Bedford, where the group will meet with the other eight pilot communities to discuss progress made.
    Starting in August the Pillar Team will be contacting those who signed up on the survey to participate in a focus group or join a Pillar Task Force. So far, well over 200 people have asked to be placed on the WCHTC contact list to receive updates on WCHTC work. Anyone else who wishes to be added to the contact list should call Scott Martin at 883-5454 or Beth Armstrong at 883-5565.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 14:16
?Commissioners discuss Sparksville Road dilemma PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
?? ?The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday afternoon.  Commissioners Lana Sullivan and Byron Green were present; Commissioner Mike Goering was absent.  The minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved, 2-0.
    The Board heard from Donovan Gordon and Lonnie Brown, owners of the property on either side of the Sparksville Road in northern Washington County.  Both Gordon and Brown expressed their concerns about what can only be described as an inadequate design of the road leading to the bridge crossing the White River.  According to Gordon, the wrong size of concrete box culvert was used and that is part of the problem.
    The Commissioners agreed to repair the fields and to replace the road surface with gravel until a permanent solution can be implemented. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 14:23
?Understanding the impacts of Property Tax Reform PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 00:00
? ?Last Thursday afternoon, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service hosted a teleconference focusing on the impacts of the 2008 Indiana Property Tax reform Bill (HEA 1001) at Indiana University, Southeast.  The interactive workshop was designed for anyone involved in county and local government budgeting process as well as any interested citizens.
    Dr. Larry DeBoer, professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, West Lafayette was the featured speaker.  In a no nonsense, yet lively,  90 minute presentation, DeBoer gave an overview of how the new law will impact not only individual property owners but also the local and county governments as they work through the process of setting their budgets with the new constraints and requirements..
    DeBoer’s visual examples made this complicated issue understandable to the average person by focusing on practical applications and step-by-step instructions on how governments will have to develop their tax rates.  Of special interest in DeBoer’s presentation was the section dealing with specific impacts of the new legislation on property owners and on those government officials responsible for providing public services.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2008 14:06
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