Third Cracker Barrel planned

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The third Clay County Cracker Barrel for 2009 is scheduled for Saturday.

The event will take place at the Harmony Community Building and will begin at 10 a.m. The event is set to conclude at noon.

Clay County Farm Bureau and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the event.

Clay County Farm Bureau representative Marshall Nuckolls said state legislators Vern Tincher, Clyde Kersey, Richard Bray and Nancy Michael will be in attendance.

Tincher is the state representative for District 46, which includes portions of Vigo, Clay, Owen and Monroe counties.

Kersey is the state representative for District 43, which includes much of northeastern Vigo County and a portion of northwest Clay County.

Bray is a state senator for District 37, which includes portions of Clay, Putnam, Morgan, Owen and Monroe counties.

Michael is a representative for District 44, which includes Clay, Parke, Vigo and Putnam counties.

Michael did not attend the Clay County Cracker Barrel in February as it was scheduled during the Parke County Cracker Barrel.

Nuckolls said he believed several topics will be discussed, but property taxes will be high on the list of priorities.

He added he believed fuel tax monies for counties will be a hot topic. Fuel tax money is used to maintain county roads.

"Somehow, we've been cheated out on that for quite a while," Nuckolls said. "We're just not getting our share."

The county has had two Cracker Barrels so far this year and Nuckolls said both were well attended.

"I thought they were attended very well," he said.

The first Cracker Barrel this year took place in Cory, while the second was in Jackson Township.

Nuckolls added a possible wrap-up Cracker Barrel might take place in May following the 2009 legislative session.

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  • I would like someone to ask why Speaker Bauer is holding up the vote for permanent property tax caps? Would there be more shifting of tax burden back to property tax, as it was in the past, if they aren't capped now?

    I would also like to know what is the plan for replacing rainy day funds, when those funds are reduced or entirely depleted? Will the State be raising tax rates when it is all gone, or cutting program budgets?

    One side of the political aisle at the statehouse needs to mend their spending ways so the taxpayers aren't funding every spending whim they can dream up. Stop spending more than the State is taking in. Save the reserves in case all sectors of the economy doesn't turn up at the same time. (which usually happens)

    -- Posted by davgreencastle on Thu, Mar 19, 2009, at 9:05 AM
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