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Area concerns heard

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Although property taxes dominated Saturday's session, four state legislators heard several other concerns from nearly 40 Clay County residents during Saturday's Crackerbarrel session.

The event took place at the Jackson Township Volunteer Firehouse.

While many residents wanted to discuss property taxes and what to do with them, others raised concerns specifically hitting Clay County.

One particular issue that was brought to the forefront was Clay Community Schools recent renovation proposal.

Area resident Ron Scherb asked the four legislators in attendance Saturday their thoughts regarding the issue.

Scherb said the legislators were "guilty" of creating a maintenance fund that allowed school corporations statewide to "pay their bills."

"Are you guys going to fix this problem," Scherb asked. "The problem is, (school corporations) are using the maintenance money to pay their electric bills."

State Representative Vern Tincher said the legislature did not want act like "a huge school board." He stressed monitoring elected officials as well.

However, Scherb said the problem needed fixing and stressed the importance of not wanting to cause conflict in the community regarding the school project, especially if a remonstrance is considered, which could block any project.

"We don't want to have to file this remonstrance and split this county," Scherb said.

Meanwhile, Clay County Council member Mike McCullough told the four legislators Saturday he took exception to Gov. Mitch Daniels' recent remarks about counties across the state spending too much money, taking particular issue with State Senator Richard Bray.

McCullough had a brochure of Bray's Saturday and said this pamphlet agreed with Daniels' suggestion.

"We're not out of control," McCullough said.

During brief introductions Saturday, the four legislators -- which included Bray, State Senator John Waterman and State Representatives Vern Tincher and Clyde Kersey -- all pointed to bills that are currently in the works.

Citizens in attendance Saturday also had the opportunity to grill the legislators with questions.

District 44 Representative Amos Thomas was scheduled to be at Saturday's event, but did not attend.

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