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Farm Bureau sets up first Cracker Barrel of year

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The first Clay County Cracker Barrel for 2009 has been scheduled.

The event will take place at the Cory Fire House, Saturday, Jan. 17.

Clay County Farm Bureau will sponsor the event, which is set for 10 a.m.

Clay County Farm Bureau representative David Schopmeyer said the main topic he expects will be discussed would be House Bill 1001, which delves specifically into property taxes for homeowners, farmers and businesses.

"(State officials) are trying to get that in the state constitution," Schopmeyer told The Brazil Times. "But Farm Bureau doesn't want that to happen.

"There was a lot of controversy about that. (Farm Bureau) thinks (farmers' taxes) are too high now."

State legislators expected to attend the event include Sen. Richard Bray, Sen. John Waterman, and Representatives Nancy Michael, Vern Tincher and Clyde Kersey.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Schopmeyer added plans are being made for more Cracker Barrels to be scheduled, but no dates have been set yet.

For more information, call Schopmeyer at 812-986-2668.

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Farmers always think their taxes are too high. Farm ground is currently valued at slightly over 1100 dollars per acre for tax purposes. Try to buy farm ground for 1100, 2100, 3100, or even 4100 per acre and see how many of these "upset farmers" are willing to sell. Guess what your annual Indaina Farm Bureau membership is used for. To lobby for lower taxes for farmers! Don't you feel good about being a member of Indiana Farm Bureau! If you don't farm you are financing your own tax increase!

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 8:12 AM

I suggest readers look at my comments about the new library system. It's all connected. Taxes are needed to pay for infrastructure of our community. If we don't maintain it, its worth goes downward. Clay county is already appearing to be a poor investment for businesses and individuals. That in turn will lower property values. Increased sales taxes tax the poor unequally as they need the same things from Walmart as the rich do but they have less money to part with. As a result you may not pay as much for property tax but you will end up with more poverty, less infrastructure, more drugs as people who are under educated looking for escape and way to make money, more crime to support drug habits [and I include alcohol under drugs], more anhydrous theft, more equipment theft, more death due to impaired driving, more neglected children. Time to stop trying to avoid paying what the community needs to thrive. Both property taxes and income taxes are investments in community so people can be literate and educated and then they can support the tax base.

Just thinking about your own pocket is really hurting your own pocket in poor county, lowered investments locally, and more undereducated people below the poverty limit. Pay now or pay more later but all will end up paying. Wouldn't it be better to provide our community enough to thrive and be competitive than to just eek by on money borrowed in hopes of getting more in the future. Isn't likely to happen if we keep thinking like we have been.

My property taxes went down 30% while costs to the community went up. How can anyone think this is going to work when our efforts just in education alone have not made our schools as competitive as they need to be?

Wake up people!!

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 2:21 PM

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