Local reassessment continues despite postponement by State PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 00:00
      Washington County Assessor Jason Cockerill said in a recent telephone interview that the property reassessment process will continue throughout the county even though the Indiana State Legislature changed the effective date from July 1, 2009, to July 1, 2010 in House Bill 1001 (ss).  According to Cockerill the majority of counties throughout the state are not as far along in their reassessments as is Washington County thus prompting the change.  
    Cockerill said that due to the fact that so much of the local assessment has been completed it will be more cost effective to complete the process with fewer people over a longer time period rather than stopping at this point and beginning again in 2010.
    According to information received from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF), any reassessment work done prior to July 1, 2010, will have to be reevaluated and updated.  DLGF gives counties three options to reevaluate their work:
A follow up property visit
A review of county building records
Use of aerial photography
    
    Cockerill indicated that the second two options are what he plans to implement since both can be completed without numerous physical visits and the cost of those visits.
    “Overall, Washington County is actually in better shape than most counties when it comes to this postponement.” explained Cockerill. “The silver lining is that we should be able to cut the number of people doing the reassessment because we can take more time and be more thorough in our visits; accuracy in very important.”
    In regards to the issue of accuracy, House Bill 1001 (ss) contains an interesting provision.  According to DLGF, “the bill . . . places the burden on the Assessor to prove the assessment is correct, if the assessed value of a property increases by more that 5 per cent over the previous year's assessed value.”
    Cockerill wants to let county residents know that despite what he calls “some recent unclear headlines,” reassessment personnel will still be canvassing the county.
    Cockerill also said that as far as he is aware, this postponement should not affect the mailing of property tax bills scheduled for the last half of August.
    For additional information on the property reassessment process, contact the Washington County Assessor's Office at 883-4000.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:21
 
Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary holds Welcome Night PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 00:00
      Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary will hold a Welcome Night on Thursday, August 13 in the classrooms. Third Grade will be held from 6 to 6:15 p.m., Fourth Grade will be held from 6:20 to 6:35 p.m. and Fifth Grade from 6:40 to 6:55 p.m. Ice cream will be available at 7 p.m. in the courtyard.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:22
 
The Waters of Salem planning second Car Show PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 00:00
     The waters of Salem is planning the 2nd Annual Shop with a Cop Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, October. 3, 2009. Sponsors are needed. Businesses may choose to have their company’s name on a t-shirt or sponsor their own trophy and pick a winner for the day. Items are also needed for door prizes and raffles.
    Questions may be directed to Christine E. Motsinger at 883-1877 (days) or 896-3924 (evenings) or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:24
 
WCMH—How did we get in this mess? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    By now, most people who even causally pay attention to local news are aware that Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) declared bankruptcy in June of this year and is in the process of developing a restructuring plan.  The long term fate of the hospital is still up in the air.  However, it seems to be the general consensus that efforts should be made by all the parties involved to keep the hospital open if at all possible.
    However, during this time of uncertainty three questions seem to be part of most conversations about the hospital:
“How did we get in this mess?”
“Where did the money go ($15 million +)?”
“Whose fault is it?

    These questions are relatively simple and straightforward.  Unfortunately, the answers are not.  

    Much like personal financial problems, no one specific incident or error in judgment can be pointed pointed to as the catalyst for the downfall.  Again, as is the case with personal finance, the problems being experienced by WCMH and in turn its ripple effect in the community are the result of a series of changing economic conditions, bad decisions, lack of oversight, and poor communication.  Of course, there are points along the time line in the life of WCMH that can be identified as crucial because of the consequences and outcomes of choices made by those charged with overseeing the hospital.  
    At a recent Washington County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner David Brown said, “If it is going to be a witch hunt, I want no part of it.”  That was in response to a question regarding a possibility of elected officials calling for an investigation into what happened at the hospital to bring it and the community to this point.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:42
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Lucas Oil says “not at this time” to purchase of Salem Airport PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    Tuesday morning, July 21, the City of Salem and Washington County received the disappointing news that Lucas Oil Company is not interested in buying the Salem Airport at this time.  It was hoped that the sale would produce enough money to serve as the local match for the construction of the new airport immediately to the north of the current facility.
    Lucas representative Mike Chastain told a group including Salem Mayor David Bower, representatives of the Salem Common Council, the Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners, the County Council, the Board of County Commissioners, the Washington County Growth Partnership, and members of the media that Lucas Oil Company has determined that purchasing the Salem Airport and converting it into a drag racing facility does not fit into the company's business plan for at least the next two years.  
    Chastain went on to say that while Lucas will focus on its production facilities in Corydon for the immediate future, the “Salem project” is not dead.  
    “At this point in time, when we put a pencil to it, the return on investment isn't there considering what it would cost us to do this project the way that we think it needs to be done.” explained Chastain.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:44
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