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On September 24, 2019, Purdue Extension Community Development educator, Amanda Galloway, and Tippecanoe County Clerk, Julie Roush, presented to approximately 30 attendees of the pilot program, Elected Leadership: Running for Local Office. Participants learned more about the process for running for local office, and requirements and positions up for election in 2020. This program was conducted …
Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) offer an efficient system to feed and house animals through specialization, increased facility size and close confinement of animals. There are roughly 19,496 CFOs in the United States. Indiana has close to 2,000 CFOs that are regulated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) at the state level. Although the …
Senior woman's hand holding a credit card while in front of the laptop shopping online
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes, even in areas where they have no physical presence. This ruling overturns a 1992 ruling that helped the then nascent internet commerce take off and become a billion dollar industry today. In our work with rural communities, we have heard …
Local government finance is complex and has become even more so since the implementation of the property tax caps in 2008. In 2016, taxpayers realized savings from the tax caps of over $8 million dollars, but on the other hand, this was money local governments budgeted and levied but ultimately did not receive. 2017 brought …
Journalists, school officials and local government enthusiasts joined Purdue Extension’s Larry DeBoer and Tamara Ogle (@INTaxRockstars) on Twitter May 3 to watch for Indiana school referenda results. Ten school corporations put forth referenda this election, bringing Indiana to a total of 138 school referenda since November 2008. Eight out of the 10 passed Tuesday night. Find out …
Property taxes in Indiana are paid in two installments, due May 10 and November 10 of each year. We are fast approaching the due date for the spring installment, and property owners already have their property tax bills in hand. Property tax bills in Indiana used to contain little information other than what was absolutely …
Local governments have faced many fiscal challenges in the past several years, from the Great Recession to property tax cap losses, creating a strain on local governments’ budgets in many Indiana counties. The tax caps in particular have created new, complicated relationships within county taxing districts. In 2015, tax cap credits in Indiana amounted to …