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April 6th, 2012
Adams County and its political subdivisions stand to gain a windfall totaling nearly $750,000 when the state of Indiana divides some $205 million in County Option Income Tax (COIT) and County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds that are being belatedly distributed by the state of Indiana.
State taxation department officials announced on Thursday that, due to an "oversight," recent income tax revenue was never distributed to counties as it should have been, the second such state monetary snafu in recent months.
Indiana's property tax caps are going to cost local governmental entities some major capital fund losses during this year's tax collections.
Figures compiled by Adams County Auditor Bill Borne and presented to the county commissioners this week show a $364,178 loss for Adams County, a $316,769 loss for North Adams Schools, and a $249,713 loss for the City of Decatur.
The Adams County Bar Association honored one of its own in posthumous fashion on Thursday with a memorial proclamation and ceremony in honor of longtime Berne attorney Bob Biberstein.
Also on hand in Adams Circuit Court to honor the memory of Biberstein, who died last month, were representatives of the bar associations in Jay and Wells counties.
Two candidates have thrown their names into the hat to serve as the District 2 (rural) appointee to the North Adams School Board.
Root Township Trustee Dan Bieberich reports that resumes were received from Michelle Stimpson, who currently holds the seat, and from former board member Juan Gutierrez.
The candidates will be interviewed at 7 p.m. on April 12 at the Union Township hall. The successful candidate will serve a full four-year term on the board.
Slowly, but surely, the 100-year-old former Pennsylvania Railroad depot off Seventh St., near Monroe St., is coming ever closer to being ready for occupancy.
Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that the plan commission has awarded a contract to Rorick Electric to install a new furnace (for heat and air conditioning) in the building at a cost of $5,150. In addition, Tim Ulman has been hired to power wash the basement.
The Decatur Ministers Association announced on Tuesday afternoon that a community Good Friday service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of God, 1129 Mercer, Ave., in Decatur.
The service is open to the public.
Then there were two.
Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that Ada Steiner, one of three candidate for the city-appointed seat on the North Adams School Board, has been disqualified as it was learned she does not reside in the city.
The person to be appointed by council must live within Decatur's city limits.
So that leaves two candidates: Ben Faurote, who currently holds the seat, and Stacey Bussel.
The city's 175th anniversary celebration now is a sweet piece of memory, but the citywide cleanup that went along with it will be continued this year and in the future, it was learned at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
And a dispute has already arisen.
The town of Geneva is looking into a seatbelt ordinance that would generate more money for the town.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Geneva Town Council, Marshall Rob Johnson said that as it currently stands, when a town police officer issues a $25 ticket to a driver for violating the seatbelt law under the state ordinance, "$21 goes to the state and $4 goes to the town."
Two women are among three candidates seeking a seat on the North Adams Board of Education, a seat to be filled by Decatur City Council.
Ben Faurote, who currently holds the seat, filed an application to seek what would be his first full term. The other candidates who filed before last Saturday's deadline are Stacey Bussel and Ada Steiner.
All three are city residents, which they must be to be eligible for the seat.