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Sunday, February 10, 2008

In January, Clay County residents had the opportunity to ask their legislators several questions.

Residents will have the opportunity again this month as the Clay County Farm Bureau and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring another Crackerbarrel.

The second Clay County Crackerbarrel will take place from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Cory Fire House, located south of State Road 46 in Cory.

Light refreshments will be served.

During the first county Crackerbarrel, property taxes were the hot-button topic, as a handful of residents gathered at the Jackson Township Firehouse to meet with State Senators Richard Bray and John Waterman, along with State Representatives Vern Tincher and Clyde Kersey.

District 44 Representative Amos Thomas was scheduled to appear at the January public meeting, but was unable to do so.

Clay County Farm Bureau Director David Schopmeyer told The Brazil Times he expects the hot topic at the Feb. 16 event to be Gov. Mitch Daniels' tax proposal.

At the first county Crackerbarrel, residents provided plenty of ammunition regarding property taxes.

Some shared their opinions regarding the issue, saying they believed property taxes "have to go."

"The heart of a democracy is our vote," Clay County resident Ron Moon said at the January meeting. "People are getting tired of it."

Residents voiced other concerns at the January meeting. Some expressed opinions regarding the Clay Community Schools recent renovation proposal.

Recently, state education leaders offered proposals to lawmakers regarding the property tax proposal.

On Thursday, education representatives approached members of the House Ways and Means Committee explaining the proposal might take $170 million from state schools, particularly poor urban districts.

The committee is considering a current resolution that seeks to amend the state's constitution to cap homeowner tax bills at 1 percent of their home's assessed value, with 2 percent limits on rental property and 3 percent caps on business property.

But estimates provided by the Legislative Services Agency stated those caps, in addition to the proposed property tax relief measures, could cut money from schools.

Kersey (D-Terre Haute) is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

State legislators are currently working in a short sessions, which ends March 14.

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IS this the same group that took the ad out condeming the new school renovation? They like their money better than they like our kids!!! I will attend NOTHING sponsored by them

-- Posted by madmom61 on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 11:33 AM

I completely agree with madmom. The Farm Bureau is an organization that is only concerned with their own platform and controlling the interest of others.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 12:58 PM

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