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Kokomo Tribune Sunday (Newspaper) - October 1, 1995, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO TRIBUNE Clouds and sunshine High 76 Low 52 Page AS Sports Spot 1 Mustangs remain undefeated Page Bl Indiana October lf 1998 Hopefuls Join TIP and EDIT Kokomo council candidates discuss Chrysler project By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer How the city council votes next year plays a vital role in how bonds will be paid Most of the 15 people who will potentially fill nine Kokomo city council seats next year prefer combining two approaches to financing the assistance package for Chrysler new transmis sion Qualifying their remarks with the point that any decisions are several months away from being six candidates said their instinct is to combine the payroll based Economic Development Income Tax with Tax Increment which would use prop erty taxes generated from the new plant to pay off the How the city council votes next year plays a vital role in how bonds needed to finance million in infrastructure improvements will be paid EDIT must be approved by governmental bodies representing the majority of residents in the Because about 56 percent of Howard Coun ty residents live in the city council effectively holds veto power over any usage of Those in favor of joining EDIT and TIP together tended to be attracted to how it would allow property taxes generated from the new plant to pay off a significant portion of the bonds needed to finance million of infrastruc ture My initial impression is TIF seems to make the most sense because you have a revenue stream generated by the said Mike Republican candi date for the open 6th District Second District councilman Jerry Fulk said that in addition to that the fact that TIF has a definite sunset makes it Once the bond is its he Fulk said open ended such as the tend to continue beyond the pro ject they were designed to Also supporting the concept of combining EDIT and TIF are 4th District Republican candidate Steve atlarge Republican candidates Bob Fortson and Bruce and atlarge councilman Andy Support for combining the two wasnt Both Ricci and Castner questioned whether the proposed percent EDIT levy would be necessary when combined with Both said might be and a suggested other financing alternatives might be available and should be v There are a lot of ways to look at he It is for that reason that five of the candidates said they have not determined which funding option is Cindy Democratic can didate for an atlarge said many questions remain to be such as who would be affected by each when is the money and can other eco nomicdevelopment goals be pur sued at the same time using either I think the facts arent all in she First District councilman Bob Ridgeway said other issues need to be resolved such as whether to widen Smith Road only to or to Washington an issue on which the county and city have not reached agreement before the appro priate funding mechanism can be Joining Dunlap and Ridgeway in the itstooearly todecide approach are 4th District council man Fred atlarge Democ ratic candidate Dennis Morgan and 5th District Republican candi date Ralph Atlarge Democratic councilman Don Alley and Republican atlarge candidate Tom Harrison both said concerns over TIFs impact on property taxes leads them to pre fer using the payrollbased Because TIF would earmark new property taxes generated by Chryslers billion plant for bond and not for general both wondered if it might not have an adverse effect on property tax Alley said he prefers EDITs reliance on workers wages because it would not affect those not working as potential property tax increases I hate to raise it for the ones who are work ing but Im not going to raise taxes on the people who arent working he Harrison said a payrollbased approach would have the added benefit of taxing outofcounty workers who will benefit from the improvements made around the Smith 31 Two of the potential council 3rd District councilman Douglas Hogan III and 5th Dis trict Democratic candidate Kenlyn did not return phone calls by the Tribunes weekend dead The Taylor High School Marching performing in Saturdays band competition at Lewis Cass High School in will advance to the regional Indiana Marching Band Contest 14 In KT photos by Tim Bath Six area bands advance Six area bands that competed in the 23rd Annual District Marching Band Contest at Lewis Cass Saturday earned the right to advance to the regionals in two In Class C Lewis Cass and Maconaquah high school marching bands received a Division 1 which advances them to the regional competition in Elkhart Host Lewis Cass also won cap tion awards for best general best music and best Taylor received the best auxiliary In Class D Eastern and TriCentral received the Divi sion 1 award and will travel to the regional in Carmel Clinton Central also competed in the Class D but no information on its performance Travis of the Maconaquah High School marching plays the mellophone during Saturdays competition in was Kokomo and Northwestern com peted in but no informa tion on their performances was available at Kokomo Tribune dead The 10 highestscoring bands from the 14 regional contests in each of the four classes will meet at the RCA Dome in Indi anapolis 21 to determine the four statechampion Health coalition will help minorities By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer After nearly a year of prepara Howard Countys minority health coalition is opening its The one of several sim ilar organizations spread across will open a downtown Kokomo office this From the coalition will begin its effort to reverse a disturbing national trend Minorities suffer from several pre ventable conditions at higher rates than the general We are in the infancy stage right said Aurelio director of the Howard County We want to become a point where individuals can be referred to various agen cies that can assist While current efforts concen trate on simply getting the 111 Sycamore office Jimenez said the fledgling organi zation is also planning its approach to minority health Alliances with various organizations such as Kokomos two the Indi ana Health Center and the Clinic of Hope have been formed so that the coalition will have medical resources to refer people And it has decided it will target its educa tional efforts on mental teenage sexually transmitted heart disease and lung All are conditions national minorities suffer from at high To put a dent in those Jimenez said the health coalition needs help getting start It received a grant from the and of that is being used to pay the coalitions Were going to have to come up with some very good ways to increase our Jimenez The coalition is currently seek ing donations of office equipment and as well as financial It is also working to establish a permanent organizational struc The Kokomo effort is patterned after one that has been used suc cessfully in several Indiana According to James Crable of the state Health the state adopted minority health coalitions so that communities could focus on particular local Its not a program where the state comes in and Do this and he said last year when the County coalition was first being Minority health coalitions have been formed in most of Indianas larger Down on the farm Gene driving a tractor at helps Gary Hite harvest soy beans Thursday near Howard County roads 250 North between county roads 600 West and 700 Indiana Agricultural Statis tics Services say that 10 percent of Indianas soybean crop is already The Hoosier state ranks fourth nationally in soybean wr pinto by Tin Baft Harley says no fair hogging the name SANTA AP HarleyDavidson is having a cow over a motorcycle stores use of A chain of used motorcy cle stores called Bikers Dreams went public and received the trad ing symbol HOGS from But HarleyDavidson has a beef The motorcycle maker says it owns the word hog when its used in the biker Two companies and their lawyers are fighting over the four letter Inside TODAY markets 3 Local
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