An aging lift station and sewer lines along Seymour Road, Walnut Street and Collman Avenue on Crothersville’s northside will be replaced as a result $550,000 state grant.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs made the announcement last Thursday that more than $11 million in federal grant funding is being awarded to 21 rural Hoosier communities.
“Through these grants, local governments are able to enhance their quality of life for their citizens and encourage more growth opportunities,” Crouch said.
The $550,000 grant will allow for the replacement of an aged sewer pumping station on Seymour Road which was believed to be installed in the mid-1960’s, installation of 650’ of 4” force sewer line, and installation of 650’ of storm sewer lines in the area.
Town Engineer Brad Bender of FPBH said that his firm’s testing of the area determined that most of the issues with flooding the lift station is not so much related to combined sewers but with storm water overtopping the sanitary sewer manholes.
“This grant will allow us to divert the surface water away from the sanitary system,” said Bender. “And that should help the town continue with its CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) compliance with IDEM.”
He said the design is to install eight storm water inlets along the proposed new storm sewer line to divert water from the sanitary sewer. “This will help alleviate the surge of water going into the sanitary sewer to be treated during heavy rains,” said Bender.
Much of the work would be constructed within the existing right of way along Seymour Road between Walnut and Coleman Streets.
The work would be quite intensive in the area as new storm water and sanitary sewer lines would need be installed and water lines, laterals, and possibly other utilities would need to be moved.
The grant requires a $144,272 local match by the town.
In celebration of Crothersville History Month, there will be a fundraiser at Hamacher Hall on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m., featuring a dinner and musical entertainment.
Following dinner, Larry Wayt, a folk singer who plays simple acoustic music and sings songs of the cowboys, the Civil War, Appalachia, gospel, railroad, and is a teller of tales. He remembers sitting on his grandparents’ porch where evenings were often filled with telling stories and singing songs. Wayt, who is a Freetown native now living in Richmond, performs at events throughout the tri-state area.
On the dinner menu will be chicken breast, peas, parslied potatoes, biscuits, and pie. The cost is $15 per person and reservations will be needed for this event.
This is an event everyone is sure to enjoy. For reservations, call Linda Seals at 812-521-3695, or Brenda Holzworth at 812-793-2760.
This event is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, which promotes understanding of and participation in local history and cultural arts for area residents. Contributions are welcome and are tax-deductible. Funds raised are used for maintenance and improvements to the buildings. Hamacher Hall has a ramp for handicapped access.
Crothersville Boy Scout Troop 522 will be serving an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, April 14, from 8:30-noon at the Crothersville Fire Station.
Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a family of 4. Price includes pancakes, syrup, and drink. Breakfast meat can be purchased as well.
Proceeds will be used to send local scouts to summer camp.
The annual property tax bills will begin being delivered to Jackson County taxpayers this week and there are some changes. Some tax amounts may be higher, some may be lower, some may be the same depending on a variety of factors, officials said.
“If your taxes are higher it may be because of a higher assessment, a higher tax rate, or a higher or lower tax credit,” said county auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter.
In a press release sent out jointly by Hohenstreiter, County Treasurer Roger Hurt, and County Assessor Katie Kaufman, the three administrators of local property tax explained why your tax bill may be different this year.
“Prior to this year, the majority of tax credits were given to properties with Homestead Exemptions,” said the auditor. That would be on homes in which the owners live.
“This year the credits are now being more evenly distributed,” she said.
Hurt explained that last year owner occupied property received 31.9953% credit, agricultural land and non-owner occupied dwellings received a 6.7104% credit and personal property and farm buildings got a 3.4784% credit.
For the current taxpaying year, homeowners will receive a smaller credit or deduction (15.2878%) which means the property taxes homeowners pay may be higher than last year.
Owners of farm ground and landlords could be paying less because their credit increased from about 6.7% to 14.1662%.
And industries and individuals with personal property as well as owners of farm buildings could see a decrease in their tax bill as a result of an increase in tax credit from just over 3.4% to 6.7414%.
“The credit amount can be found on the Comparison Statement which is mailed with the tax bill. At the top of the page there is a Special Message To Taxpayers,” said Hurt.
Kaufman said that Form 11’s, the new notice of assessment, were mailed to all Jackson County real estate owners on March 30. “These will explain if your assessment on land, structures and total assessment went up or down from your previous assessment,” she said.
Taxpayers have the right to appeal their new assessed value but must do so by May 15.
Because the county treasurer’s office will be busy collecting taxes, property owners with questions about their assessment should call the assessor at 812-358-6111. Questions about a tax rate increase, tax credit increase or decrease, and property tax exemptions should be addressed by the auditor’s office at 812-358-6161.
The spring installment of property taxes is due May 10.
These are the Court Claims that were approved by Commissioners for the month of March 2018.
Bedford Office Supply Inc., $123.08; GreatAmerica Finanical Svcs, $258.57; Jim Gordon Inc., $437.00.
Superior Court I:
Bedford Office Supply, $1331.67; Visa, $1,275.52.
Superior Court II:
Bedford Office Supplies, $972.00; Farrow & Thompson, $25.00; South Central IN Interpreting, $815.88; Maria Hendrix, $50.00
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter,
Jackson County Auditor
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