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?Wide range in proposed pay increases for county employees and elected officials PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
???    The recently concluded 2009 Budget Hearing meetings were the public part of the long and tedious process of
preparing a budget for the county that has some relevance to anticipated revenues and makes a good faith effort to
balance the immediate wants of the community with the long term needs of the community.
    The hard copy of the budget is summarized on 80+ pages of size 10 font covering all county government
expenditures for the 2007 and 2008 to date, plus the 2009 request broken down into line items of considerable detail.
    Taken in its entirety, this document seems overwhelming and after only a short time can cause blurred vision and
pounding headaches.  However, if a person were to glean any wisdom from the old East Indian saying that goes
something like, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.” some interesting information begins to emerge. Of specific interest is the proposed pay increases for some county employees and some county elected officials.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:28
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?World on the Square Family Festival PDF Print E-mail
?    The 9th Annual “World on the Square” Family Festival in Corydon Highlights Cultural Diversity in Southern Indiana.
    Enjoy international exhibits, see cultural performers, and sample ethnic foods at the ninth annual “World on the Square” Festival on Saturday, August 9 from 4-8p.m. on the historic town square in Corydon, Indiana.
    This free annual family-oriented festival highlights the diverse heritage of the Kentuckiana region, which historically includes not only settlers from many European countries, but also the Native American and African American presence. The festival also feature the arrival of Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico and the rest of Central and South America, and newcomers from the Middle East and Far East.
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?FC High School principal awarded administrator’s award PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
?The Educational Association (EdTA) and its student honorary division- the International Thespian Society (ITS)- named John Marsh, retired principal at Floyd Central High School, as a 2008 Administrator’s Award recipient. The award was presented on Friday, June 27 at the International Thespian Festival, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    Marsh was nominated for this honor by Chris Bundy, director of Thespian troupe 1794 at Floyd Central High School.
    “As an educator, I am always challenged to be creative,” said Bundy. “John has not only encouraged that creativity, but backed it through the resources available to him. When he sees something that will provide a cultural benefit to our students and community, John is always at the forefront in providing support and encouragement for it.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 10:36
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?Economic Growth Partnership says two large employers are looking at Washington County PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:00
BREAKING NEWS...?
    At the Wednesday , August 13, Budget Hearing of the Washington County Council, Jess Helsel of the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP), fielded questions from Council members about the WCEGP’s recent activities in attracting new business to the county.  Helsel informed the Council that strong interest has been expressed by a large employer looking to locate a new facility in either Indiana or Kentucky.
    In a Friday morning interview with Helsel and WCEGP Executive Director, Jerry Rose, they indicated that, in fact, two large employers have expressed interest in locating in Washington County.
    “Nothing is confirmed and we are only in the initial stages on one,” said Rose, “but we feel very good about our chances with at least one of the two prospects.  It is too early to be naming names or counting our chickens.”
    According to Helsel and Rose, either company would dramatically impact the economic situation in Washington County and the surrounding counties.  “We are talking about a payroll that would significantly increase the average wage in the county as well as the tax base.” Helsel explained.  “We have to be careful not to get the cart before the horse.  A lot of things have to fall into place but we think we are in a very good position to land at least one of these companies.”
    When asked what information, they could make public about the two companies, both Helsel and Rose were quick to say that any premature information leak could very well jeopardize the ongoing negotiations.”
    At the Council Budget Hearing the question was asked as to what impact the new employer(s) would have on County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) revenues; the number mentioned was $2.2 million.  When quizzed about this number on Friday morning, Helsel said that the figure is a little vague and depends on how quickly the employers would be up to full employment capacity.
    That number should be put into perspective.  By extrapolating the payroll necessary to generate that much CEDIT revenue, the payroll would have to be three to four times what the total payroll is today for all of Washington County jobs plus the payrolls of residents working outside of the county.  
    Another bit of research indicates that it would be a payroll comparable to that of Toyota in Gibson County, Indiana prior to its recent expansions.
    Again, both Helsel and Rose stressed the need for discretion on the part of key players in the county and that even though Washington County’s chances are good, we should temper our optimism with caution.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2008 09:51
 
?County Council approves Highway Department’s request for additional fuel money PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Council met in regular session on Monday, August 4 with all members present.  The Council unanimously approved the minutes of previous meetings.
    Washington County Highway Department Superintendent, Rick Graves, and County Commissioner, Mike Goering, requested permission to transfer $58,000 from other accounts to the Gas and Oil account to pay a misplaced fuel bill from April of this year.  According to Graves he became aware of the oversight when he recently received notice that no further shipments of fuel would be delivered until the bill was paid.  The request was approved
unanimously.
     In a telephone interview, Graves said that the overlooked fuel bill was approximately $29,000.  When asked why wouldn’t that money still be in the fuel fund since it is an account payable, Graves said that it has been absorbed by the sharp rises in fuel cost this summer.  “With the rising cost of fuel, I underestimated the budget for fuel and oil.” admitted Graves.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:46
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