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Terre Haute Tribune Star (Newspaper) - August 31, 2015, Terre Haute, Indiana To Cut the injured Colts set to make Tough roster decisions sports i by t a Quot i Tribune a video car overturns in Burnett a video weekend Block party rages Star monday August i 2015 serving Terre haute and the Wabash Valley a Tribune Star special report $1.00 newsstand second in a series Indiana a property tax Reform measures of 2008 profoundly changed the financial landscape for local governments on All Levels. Some thrived. Some struggled. A few including Terre haute began to sink into financial crisis where it remains mired today. Revenues shrink cities scramble general fund balance As a percentage of expenses Jeffersonville $7,014,682 275 the series sunday defining the crisis declining tax revenues coupled with steady or increased spending have sent the City of Terre haute s finances into a Tail spin and measures taken so far by City leaders have been unable to Stem the tide. It today property tax Caps have put a Strain on Indiana cities since passed and implemented beginning in 2008. Some City governments have handled the Impact better than others. Terre haute it turns out was among the worst hit and so far has not been Able to get the financial bleeding under control. Tuesday Terre haute s City Council the elected body with authority Over the municipal budget cannot agree on the severity of City s financial condition. The Council s makeup will change in january As several members leave the Board. But the current Board has the responsibility to approve a 2016 budget. Wednesday with a Cash balance near $20 million Vigo county government s financial condition is much different from the City of Terre haute s. What s the difference Between these two entities thursday the Power Dyne sludge to diesel project is on hold but the project once touted As a financial Savior for the City is now costing it thousands of dollars in Legal fees because of a breach of contract lawsuit. That has helped sink the City s Cash balance deficit to All time lows. Indiana a property tax Caps forced local governments to change the Way they do business citations soar during diesel extravaganza weekend toll Indiana state police has reported an uptick in arrests and citations Over the weekend. Figures submitted for Friday and saturday Are traffic citations 320 traffic warnings 562 Seatbelt violations. 81 truck citations 105 Misdemeanour arrests. 36 felony arrests. 12 Indiana excise police arrests adults.95 minors.92 juveniles.12 total.199 total in 2014 too by Lisa Trigg Tribune Star talk about double the trouble. Alcohol related arrests and citations by Indiana state excise police almost doubled this year compared to last year in connection with an annual motor sports event that attracts thousands of people from around the country to Terre haute. Meanwhile Indiana state police issued almost twice As Many traffic citations a 66 percent increase in traffic warnings twice As Many Seatbelt citations and 75 percent More arrests in the area outside the Soheid diesel extravaganza hosted at the Vigo county Fairgrounds. Turn to diesel a6 Rowdy and reckless officer Chuck Murphy of the Indiana state police talks with a Driver he pulled Over for exceeding the posted Speed limit on Johnson drive in Terre haute. When it comes to yellow jackets writer never learns Over the past 30 years or so i have visited or. Thomas Nicholas Rockville office for a number of reasons. Besides my yearly physical and blood work in be most often found myself sitting in his High Street waiting room and nursing miserable sinuses that seek retribution from me for some unknown grievance. But most of my other trips to see Doc or his partner Daniel Dwyer can be found in my bulging medical file under a notation that probably reads a dumb things this Guy has done to at one time or another or. Tom has stitched wrapped the off season Mike Lunsford Tribune Star iced and injected my Back Knees elbows shoulders and neck. He a sewn gashes and taken out splinters too deep for a sewing Needle to reach he a torqued Knees and thumped chests and probed my ears nose and eyes. To put it mildly he knows my innards better than i do myself so much better in fact that he no Lon Ger really has to go searching through that thick Manila folder to Tell me when i was last in with some similar malady you see i rarely learn from past mistakes. Turn to Lunsford a5 skin up today Texi Fife wifi lug gtd partly sunny a10 tuesday is 69 wednesday 91 69 mme we 32, no. In 643.01 by Mark Bennett i Tribune Star it hit Indiana cities like a midlife heart attack. When the state government and voters imposed permanent limits on property taxes the cities main fiscal artery narrowed. The municipalities yearly Revenue shrank by As much As 30 percent for some after the Indiana general Assembly enacted property tax Caps in 2008 and hoosiers overwhelmingly voted to etch those Caps into the state Constitution two years later. Communities reactions varied. Muncie a former tax Caps won big a in 2010, 72 percent of Hoosier voters supported etching Caps on property taxes into the state Constitution. In Vigo county 61 percent of voters supported making the Caps constitutional. Only two local precincts had a majority voting Quot no Quot to that referendum. Mayor closed two firehouses and Laid off dozens of firefighters and police officers All of which have since been restored. Fort Wayne formed a task Force and adopted a package of its recommendations such As local option income taxes to pay for police and fire services a fee on fire hydrants and restructuring City employee benefits. Kokomo annexed some unincorporated neighbourhoods already receiving City services removed a third of the City a traffic signals streamlined trash pickup to a single Side of most roads and removed paid lunch hours from City workers eight hour Days. Continued on Page a4 m i Quot we came out of the property a tax Cap implementation and had to think Are we going Back to our old lifestyle or Are we going to diet Start eating healthy and exercising we had to. Take our Kokomo mayor Greg goodnight $8,166,940 -s307109,954 -532% Muncie Anderson $8,592,933 746,196 34.3% 12.8% u a a 25.5% Bloomington $7,067,335 20.8% in a a a a a general fund balance no Vav 2015 Dodge journey starting at 888 310 1293 4 8 12 234 2615

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