?Following the trail of the tax money in Washington County PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
?    Do arguments over the purpose of taxation and the blatant inequities in tax law have credence–with out a doubt they do.  However, the complexity of the taxation laws at all levels of government as well as the convoluted appropriation process of those tax revenues can cause the average taxpayer attempting to understand the whole process to throw up his or her hands in frustration.
    The recent debacle brought on by the new property tax program here in Indiana is but one example of how efforts to respond to frustrated taxpayers has only exacerbated the problem by making the necessary process of collecting taxes to pay for vital services, and all the other good stuff mentioned in the Preamble of the United States Constitution, a nightmare for taxpayers, government officials and those whose responsibility it is to provide public services without timely revenues such as public schools, public health agencies, the court system, etc.
    In Washington County, not unlike the other 91 counties across the state there are elected officials whose responsibility it is to calculate, collect, spend, and account for tax dollars.  The rules by which this intricate game is played are wrapped up in codified requirements, restrictions, and regulations that are available online at the State of Indiana website, http://www.in.gov.  How those tax dollars are spent can be the contention of heated debate in both public and closed meetings of those elected officials.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 14:42
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?2nd annual All Community Skills & Drills Football Clinic to be held this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
?  ?  Get ready for some football fun! For the second year, West Clark Football Boosters are sponsoring an All Community Skills & Drills Football Clinic and everyone between the ages of 8 and 13 are invited to attend!
    All the best coaches from local communities including some former U of L players will be working under the direction of Mike Flores, former NFL player to teach your children important skills that will help them perform at their best during the upcoming football season. The coaches really make learning and practicing fun and they know the kids will get a great deal from the clinic.
    Each participant is given a camp t-shirt at registration and lunch will be provided both days. All you have to do is bring your child to registration, complete the necessary paperwork and know that they will be having a great learning experience each day.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 13:49
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?SBA loan application deadline fast approaching PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
? ?    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared the counties of Orange, Scott and Washington and the contiguous counties of Clark, Crawford, Dubois, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson and Jennings disasters areas due to damages caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred March 18-20, 2008. Hill encourages those affected to apply for SBA physical damage and/or economic injury loans. The deadline to apply for Physical Disaster Loans is July 7, 2008. The deadline to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is not until February 5, 2009.
    “I am pleased that the SBA has allowed those affected by harsh weather to apply for compensation for the damages they incurred,” Hill said. “A lot of people lost a lot of money because of this damage, and they are in need of some assistance.”
    The types of disaster loans available to affected persons are Home Disaster Loans, Business Physical Disaster Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Home Disaster Loans are described by SBA as loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Business Physical Disaster Loans are described by the SBA as loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any
size are eligible. Non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible. Economic Injury Disaster Loans are described by the SBA as loans for working capital to small businesses and small agricultural cooperatives to assist them through the disaster recovery period. Interest rates are fixed for the term of all loans.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 13:53
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?Charlestown Block Watch meetings to resume this month PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
? ??    Charlestown residents are reminded to attend the Block Watch meetings scheduled in July for each voting district, as follows:
    District 1- Saturday, July 12- 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Family Fellowship, 1376 Market Street (Highway 3). Discussions will include re-scheduling at second clean-up day and planning a cookout. Contact Councilman Jeff Aaron at 256-5948 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    District 2- Monday, July 14- 6:30 p.m. at Arts and Enrichment Center, 999 Water Street. Contact Block Watch Captain George Roberts at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Melissa Crawford at 256-4851.
    District 3- Thursday, July 10- 6:30 p.m. at Arts and Enrichment Center, 999 Water Street. Contact Councilman Scott McKechnie at 256-2279 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    District 4- Thursday, July 17- 6:30 p.m. at Arts and Enrichment Center, 999 Water Street. A time of fellowship is also scheduled for Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Greenway Park. Contact Councilman Dan Roberts at 256-6443 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    You may also contact Charlestown City Hall for additional information at 256-3422, extension 310 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    Some districts are training on radio procedures and designating patrol areas and times, while others have already begun patrolling their neighborhoods. It’s never too late to come and be part of the efforts to improve your city and your home.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 13:56
 
?NWVFD hosting Fireman’s Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
? ??   ?    The New Washington Fire Department will be hosting its annual Fireman’s Picnic on July 11 and 12 at the Fireman’s fairgrounds in New Washington.
    World Famous fish sandwiches will be served starting Friday night at 5 p.m. Full fish dinners are also available as well as grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and bratwurst. There will also be a large selection of desserts and hand dipped ice cream. Friday night’s free entertainment will be the Ross Country Jamboree, bring your lawn chairs.
    Also on Friday, Parlor style Bingo will be played inside the firehouse. You must be over 18 years old to play. Guaranteed $500 payout on coverall game. A raffle drawing will also be held on Saturday with numerous door prizes and a $500 winner will be selected at 8 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 14:11
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