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Special Meeting Monday To Discuss School Referendum

The Board of Trustees of Crothersville Community Schools will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 27, for a public discussion as well as question and answer session on the May 5 election school referendum.
At that election the school will be asking voters to approve increasing the local school tax rate by 63¢ with those funds dedicated to teacher salaries.
That would mean any property assessed at $100,000 would pay about $52 a month or $630 a year additional for school salaries. Most homes in the school district have assessed values well under that example.
For the past several years Crothersville has been transferring money from the education fund to the operations fund in order to meet overhead costs.
The public is encouraged to attend this information sharing meeting.

Scott County Sheriff’s Dept. Made Record Number Of Arrests In 2019

Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin has released the yearly statistics for the sheriff’s department. Goodin officially took office Jan. 1, 2019 and in the 12 ensuing months deputies made 222 drug related arrests; a total of 964 arrests for all crimes; responded to 14,153 calls for assistance and completed 11,150 case reports.
“Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies made more criminal arrests in 2019 year than any other year in the Sheriff’s Office history,” said Goodin.
But in addition to incarcerating offenders, he noted that the department assisted those in jail to help in not being re-arrested on other crimes.
The Scott County Jail graduated 10 prisoners with GED’s, 10 prisoners with welding degrees, and 5 prisoners graduated with Safe Food Handling Certifications.
“Scott County was the first in the State of Indiana for any county jail offering the welding classes to prepare inmates for the workforce after their release,” said the sheriff. “And some had jobs waiting on them.”
Additionally, there are twelve weekly classes being offered to prisoners for self-improvement involving both faith based and secular style help, he said.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office Reserves, an unpaid group volunteers, worked over 10,501 hours in 2019, this is not including the Sheriff’s Posse hours worked. “This equates to a tax savings for the tax payers of over $215,280 for the service they provided,” noted the sheriff.
“I am extremely proud of his agency for their hard work getting Scott County closer to being a Drug Free Zone and the safest County in America,: said Goodin. He said he anticipated 2020 will be even better with several special criminal details planned.
“Scott County is getting safer by the day,” he added.
The sheriff expressed his thanks the public for their tips and help. “There is no way we could have accomplished what we did without the public’s help,” said Goodin. “Keep the tips coming in.”

Local Leaders To Explore Property Tax System In Purdue Extension Workshop

Purdue Extension will provide a workshop for local leaders to learn about Indiana’s property tax system and explore trends in local and regional property tax data next Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Community Foundation. Local government officials, community leaders, and interested residents from Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Scott and Washington counties are invited to attend.
In Indiana, each local government unit sets its property tax levy—or what it intends to collect through property taxes—based on its budget and other revenue sources. The levy is then divided by the assessed value in the local government’s jurisdiction to get a property tax rate.
Every property parcel is served by a set of local governments—a county, a township, a school district and perhaps a city or town, library or special districts. The tax rates of these overlapping government units are added up to the total tax rate a taxpayer sees on their tax bill.
Tax bills are then capped at 1% for homesteads, 2% for farmland/other residential and 3% for all other property. The caps provide a tax break for property owners, but create a revenue loss for local governments. The loss of taxes through these tax cap credits is then shared by the overlapping units. Each unit’s revenue depends on the actions of the other units, so often local officials from one unit may not see or understand how they fit into the complete property tax system. Nor do they usually have the opportunity to compare their data to others in the region or of similar population.
The median property tax rate in Indiana in 2019 was $2.15 per $100 net assessed value. Of the counties covered in the workshop two have average tax rates below the state median—Brown and Jackson. Not surprisingly they also have two of three highest per capita assessed value in the region at $86,081 and $47,707 respectively. Assessed values in Jennings, Lawrence, Scott, and Washington counties are among the lowest 25 percent in the state- all under $35,000 per capita.
The workshop will dive deeper into these numbers as well as take a look at the variations within each of these counties.
To register, call the Purdue Extension Jackson County Office at 812-358-6101, email Heather VonDielingen at, or visit Registration is due by Monday, Jan. 27.
If the workshop is cancelled due to weather, it will be reschedule for February 5. Registrants will be notified by email or phone call if it is necessary to cancel.

Crothersville Seeking Third State Paving Grant

If the Town of Crothersville is successful in a Community Crossings Paving Grant program, eight more streets could be re-surfaced, according to town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH.
In the past two years, Crothersville has received nearly $641,000 in state funding for paving projects.
But Bender told the council that they had to move quickly.
The program opened Jan. 6 and closes Jan. 31. Since the Crothersville Town Council only meets once a month, he approached the board during its meeting Jan. 7 to receive approval to move forward with applying.
The council unanimously approved a motion to encumber the funds and President Danieta Foster to sign any needed paperwork.
The proposed paving projects include:
•Main Street Circle
•Main Street from 480 feet east of Preston Street to Main Street Circle
•Walnut Street from Preston Street to 700 feet east
•Bard Street from U.S. 31 to Seymour Road
•Walnut Street from U.S 31 to Seymour Road
•Vine Street from the terminus to Walnut Street
•Central Avenue from the terminus to Moore Street
•Cindy Lane from U.S. 31 to 80 feet west of Seymour Road
The eight projects total $275,065.
To qualify for funding, local governments must provide matching funds — 50% for larger communities or 25% for smaller communities — from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They also must submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges.
State law requires 50% of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. That would include Crothersville.
In 2018, Crothersville completed 14 paving projects after receiving $423,406.10 in Community Crossings funding. In 2019, the town completed 10 projects with the $217,480.80 it received.
“It has been a great program,” Bender told the council. “It started out they said it would be a five-year program, but now, it sounds like it will keep going. We recommend you take advantage of it.”
“Prior to these grants, we were spending about $70,000 a year,” Foster said. “Now, we’re spending approximately the same amount, but we’re getting $275,000 worth of paving done.”
Bender agreed, saying, “Your budget for you guys to spend is $68,000. It has been budgeted. That means you can go up to $272,000. What we put together is $275,000. I think that’s well within reason. This is what we can submit to the state and ask for. It keeps you within your budget.”
Since Community Crossings was established, more than $612 million in state matching funds has been awarded for road construction projects.

Pithy Truths & Observations

by Curt Kovener

I am not precisely sure of our relationship. Bill is the son of one of my mother’s cousins. So whether we are second or third cousins once or twice removed I am not sure. I just call him Cussin’ Bill, which he doesn’t do but it is just fun to say.
So Cussin’ Bill forwarded these aphroisms. We all use them even though we did not know what they were called.
The following are statements of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner. These pithy observations containing a grain of truth should bring a smile to our countenance.
•I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?
•Isn’t it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
•Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
•My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.
•Money talks. All mine says is good-bye.
•I’m not fat, I’m just easier to see.
•You know that tingly little feeling you get when you love someone? That’s your common sense leaving your body.
•If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.
•I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters. Do they just give you a t-shirt and say, “Here, fill this out?
•Isn’t it ironic that there is a mature women’s clothing line named, “Sag Harbor.”
•The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can go in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.
•Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!
•Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age regret.
•The simplest questions are the hardest to answer.
•Even a proverb is no proverb until your life has illustrated it.
•’Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.
•The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Ernest T. Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.