The Starke County Council members and Commissioners discussed the sheriff’s salary during their joint meeting last week.Continue reading
The Starke County Council members considered a request from the EMS department to transfer funds to cover fuel and maintenance costs.Continue reading
The Starke County Council members gave their support toward an effort to renovate the third floor of the courthouse.Continue reading
A service contract with communications company J&K Communications was reviewed by the Starke County Council and Starke County Commission members Monday night.Continue reading
Starke County EMS Director Paul Matthewson and Council President Dave Pearman hope to have a final recommendation for the county commissioners at their next meeting with regard to expanded paramedic service. They’re still crunching numbers to determine if the county can sustain the additional cost of adding more paramedics and ambulances in order to provide transfers from IU Health Starke Hospital to other facilities. Commissioner Kathy Norem says they need to proceed carefully and make a sound financial decision so as not to incur a huge deficit. She says while offering additional transportation services will increase revenues, overhead costs will go up as well. Money to cover those costs would come from the county’s general fund.
With the budget process out of the way, the Starke County Council can look at other items on the horizon.
Council President Dave Pearman said a lot of big discussion items are coming up when the members meet again Sept. 16 along with other activities starting this fall.
The Starke County Council members had a chance to go over the 2014 budget during their special meeting Friday night.
Council President Dave Pearman noted that it’s a very tough time of the year and the budget process has been very lengthy. The council examined the budget further on Friday night.
“We really just needed to tighten some things up,” explained Pearman. “We’ve really had a lot of difficulty every year – dealing with a frozen levy, dealing with a very small budget for such a large amount of inhabitants with 23,000 people in our county. We have a smaller budget than many counties that have half that many residents.”
The Starke County Council discussed the possible creation of a Parks and Recreation Board in a special meeting called last week.
Council President Dave Pearman said a lot of support has been given toward this initiative.
Why is the Circuit Breaker so important to every property owner in Starke County?
The Circuit Breaker is part of a property tax relief measure offered to various types of property. Spending in one area of government, when it trips the Circuit Breaker, means spending must be reduced somewhere else.