?Salem Common Council wrestles with financial shortfalls PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
?    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday evening, August 11 with all members present.  The
minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Voting unanimously to transfer money to the General Fund from various other funds to avoid going into the red and to forego any salary increase for elected officials in the upcoming budget, the Council struggled to deal with a financial shortfall brought on by a delay in receiving property tax revenues and what Mayor David Bower described as “an inherited budget that ties our hands.”  
    Unable to determine what, if any, pay increase city employees might receive, the members of the Council voted
unanimously to table the topic until City Clerk Treasurer, Pat Persinger meets with representatives of the Department
of Local Government Finance during the last week of August.  
    According to Persinger, after that meeting she should be able to provide the Council solid numbers to work with
in developing the budget and, in turn, what might be available for pay increases.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:33
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?Salem School Board approves temporary loan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
??  ?    At the recent Salem School Board meeting held on Monday, August 11 the board approved another temporary loan in the amount of $500,000 to get through the third quarter and a three pay period month.
    “There is no evidence that we will receive any tax money.” state Dr. Kim Thurston.
    The school district paid $77,127.08 in interest charges for 2007 and they have borrowed more money for a longer period of time in 2008 although with a lower interest rate than in 2007.
    Member Jason Pepmeier asked if this was going to start of cycle of borrowing more and more.
According to Thurston “it could start a cycle but it really depends on the taxes, we are supposed to receive money is June and December and we have not. It’s very uncertain.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:36
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?Science classroom nearing completion at East Washington High School PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
???    The Science classrooms and lab are nearing completion at East Washington High School according to Ed Rivers with Tipperman Ritz Engineering at the recent East Washington School Board meeting held Tuesday, August 12.
    A tour of the science renovation was taken by the school board members and Rivers to show how the project is progressing.
    According to Rivers the classrooms will be usable by August 19 but the lab will not be completed by that day. The lab is expected to be completed a week later.
    A second payment of $90,450 will be sent to Temple Construction for the renovation
    “Tipperman and Temple Construction have done a good job with this renovation and have been good to work with,” said Superintendent Ammick.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:38
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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 Commissioners receive repair estimates for courthouse clock tower and Domestic Violence Center PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at their new location (the County Building
Conference Room located on Martinsburg Road) with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, all
claims, and payroll were approved unanimously.
    Judge Robert Bennett provided the Commissioners with estimates from three different historic preservation building
contractors for work to be done on the county courthouse. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:42
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