House Panel Passes Bill to Take Over Gary, Muncie Schools – Brian Slodysko – US News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State-appointed emergency managers would take control of financially troubled school districts in Gary and Muncie under a bill advancing in the Indiana Legislature, which creates a blueprint that could be used to take over other distressed districts in the future.

Financial problems with both districts have been well documented, though officials for Muncie Community Schools joined lawmakers from the area to plead unsuccessfully for a reprieve during a Monday hearing.

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Proposed legislation on school spending causing battle in Clark Co. – Andrea Centlivre – Wave3News

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A School District in Indiana is in the middle of a battle for signature against community members throughout Clark County.

Greater Clark County Schools wants $22 million for school improvements, but some oppose the property tax rate increase that would result from allowing Greater Clark to borrow the money.

Now, there is a new bill in the Indiana legislature that could completely change the way schools spend money – House Bill 1043.

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Greenwood unveils $30 million plan to overhaul downtown – Vic Ryckaert – IndyStar

Greenwood’s mayor unveiled plans Monday to invest $30 million into transforming the city’s sleepy downtown into an urban oasis.

New shops, restaurants, parks and apartments will bring a cool factor to the historic downtown corridor near Main Street and Madison Avenue, said Mayor Mark Myers, who released details during a 2 p.m. news conference at the Greenwood City Center.

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Southern Indiana schools support bill centering on tax increment financing money – News and Tribune – Elizabeth Beilman

INDIANAPOLIS — Representatives from every school corporation in Clark and Floyd counties testified Tuesday in favor of a state bill that would give them louder voices in economic development.

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Council members get earful from restaurant tax foes, supporters – Howard Dukes – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Everybody likes the zoo.

However, support for a proposal to implement a food and beverage tax to raise funds is far from unanimous. That was what members of the Mishawaka and South Bend common councils and the St. Joseph County Council learned from the input they received at a spirited public hearing Wednesday on what has become known as the “zoo tax.”

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Some Carmel homeowners see property taxes increase – Adam Aasen – Current In Carmel

When the Carmel City Council passed its 2016 budget in October, it included a tax rate of 71.43 cents per $100 of assessed property value for homeowners, only about a penny increase from the 2015 rate of 70.07 cents.

But now that the property tax bills have reached Carmel mailboxes, residents are finding out that the actual rate for 2016 is 83.56 cents per $100, or 19 percent greater than the rate attached to the budget. For a home valued at $300,000, that’s about $400 more a year in city property taxes.

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Carmel’s attempted annexation of Home Place back in court – IBJ – Lindsey Erdody

After years of both parties agreeing to delay the case, the annexation battle between the city of Carmel and a small area in Clay Township known as Home Place is back in the courts.

Attorneys on both sides of the lengthy annexation battle that involves a 1,017-acre area of unincorporated Clay Township centered at 106th Street and College Avenue are now debating whether Home Place residents receive all the public services they need without assistance from Carmel.

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