Starke Council to Review Levy and Circuit Breaker Limits

 The Starke County Council is preparing for budget season. Tonight’s meeting agenda includes a review of the levy limits and circuit breakers for county taxing entities. The levy is the cap on the amount of property taxes each is allowed to collect. The circuit breaker limits the amount of property taxes an individual pays.

Their meeting starts at 6 p.m. instead of 5:30 due to a joint executive session of the council and commissioners, presumably to finalize details of a new lease between the county and Starke Hospital. The commissioners are expected to announce tonight the dates and times for a series of public meetings to share details before executing the deal later this month.

Other items on tonight’s Starke County Commissioners agenda include discussion of saleable scrap items from the old jail and the parking of construction trailers at the north side of the Moose during the upcoming courthouse renovation project and restrictions on the parking of other vehicles there while that work is going on.

Sheriff Bill Dulin will present an agreement for the counseling of local inmates grant, and Bicentennial Committee member Melba Shilling will talk to the commissioners about the bicentennial flag. Tonight’s commissioners meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the annex building.