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April 9th, 2015
Changes in Decatur’s Tax Increment Financing setup have been finalized and, it is hoped, by 2016 will bring some TIF funds to the city’s redevelopment commission.
The announcement was made at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
Used as a subsidy for redevelopment, TIF is a method of public financing. Future gains in taxes in a designated area are collected, then used to finance improvements.
Dark skies and heavy rain moved into Adams County Wednesday morning, forcing this woman and her young daughter to dodge raindrops on their way to the store. By early afternoon rain clouds had yielded to sunshine and milder temperatures.
“Nobody likes to raise rates, but we are simply not getting anything done,” and there is much to do, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting, where it was made plain that storm water rates are going to be rising.
The city’s current rate is $1.80 and has been in place since 2004, he noted, adding that some communities have rates as high as $10 to $15.
The announcement came five days later than originally planned, but Mayor John Schultz’s confidence and optimism proved prophetic: Decatur has been named one of three finalists in its population group seeking up to $4 million in state funding through the Indiana Stellar Communities program.
It’s heavy trash week in Decatur, and city crews were greeted by some mammouth curbside deposits, such as this one on Northbrook Court. Heavy equipment was needed to clean up the site.
In a surprise announcement at Tuesday night’s monthly Geneva Town Council meeting, recently appointed Clerk/Treasurer Barry Moore submitted his letter of resignation, effective May 1.
The Adams County Department of Child Services, along with the county child abuse prevention group Supporting All Families Everyday, kicked off a week of events for Child Abuse Prevention Week by planting a pinwheel garden on the courthouse lawn Monday.
County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Brown was a speaker at the ceremony. Brown spoke about the obvious and not so obvious ways children can be abused.
While Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act took top billing at Saturday’s town hall meeting hosted by State Rep. Matt Lehman, many of the two dozen local residents in attendance wanted to weigh in on other issues, as well.
With several educators in the crowd, education funding and priorities was one of the popular topics.
The Heritage Room of the Berne Public Library will host a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at 6:30 p.m. April 16. Paul Fisher, local dentist and historian, will give a Power Point presentation in the large reading room upstairs at the library.
After a contentious week in the state of Indiana, centered around the state’s new religious freedom law, what type of reception awaited State Rep. Matt Lehman during a Saturday morning town hall meeting in Decatur was uncertain at best.
But with more than two dozen constituents in attendance, cooler heads prevailed during the hour-long meeting.