Pulaski County Officials to Research Tax Adjustments, Spending Cuts, As Fiscal Planning Continues

Pulaski County officials may soon be asking state lawmakers to help balance out the county’s tax structure. The county currently has one of the highest income tax rates in the state but relatively low property taxes. But fiscal planning consultant Jeffrey Peters told the county council and commissioners Monday that simply replacing income taxes with property taxes isn’t always possible.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Updates to Revolving Loan Fund Program

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

Some tweaks to Pulaski County’s Revolving Loan Fund program were approved by the county commissioners last week. One of the big changes is the addition of new guidelines for when a business would have to get an appraisal to qualify for a loan, according to Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer.

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Pulaski County Once Again Seeking Mowing Bids

The Pulaski County Commissioners have decided to continue outsourcing the lawn care at certain county properties, after all. Last year, the county contracted mowing at certain county properties out to TK Lawn Services. In January, the commissioners decided to rebid the contract for this year, but they decided last month to hold off on awarding the contract until Maintenance Director Mia Salyers could see what it would cost to repair or replace her department’s zero-turn lawnmower.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Conditionally Support Panhandle Pathway Extension Efforts

Efforts to extend the Panhandle Pathway have finally gotten the support of the Pulaski County Commissioners. A motion to that effect was approved during last week’s meeting, on the condition that the plans meet the approval of local landowners. The first phase would extend the Panhandle Pathway north to the Tippecanoe River State Park. It would run alongside U.S. 35 for much of that length.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Hopes USDA Grant Could Bring Body Scanner to County Jail

A potentially life-saving piece of equipment may soon be within reach for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners Monday that he recently learned about grant opportunities from the USDA for equipment purchases. He hopes to possibly use some of that funding to get a body scanner for the jail.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Discuss Bridge Inspections, Revolving Loan Fund Guidelines

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners will get an update on bridge inspections this morning from Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff and Jeff Larrison with United Consulting. Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer is scheduled to present updated guidelines for the county’s Revolving Loan Fund program for the commissioners’ approval.

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First Part of Fiscal Plan Presented to Pulaski County Council, Commissioners

Fiscal Planning Consultant Jeffrey Peters (standing) discusses Pulaski County’s finances with the county council and commissioners

Pulaski County could see annual funding shortfalls of $2.7 million within the next few years, if it remains on its current financial path. Consultant Jeffrey Peters presented the first part of a fiscal plan to the county council and commissioners Monday.

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Pulaski Commissioners Defer Decision on Letter of Support for Panhandle Pathway Extension

The Pulaski County Commissioners aren’t ready to give a letter of support for efforts to obtain grant funding to extend the Panhandle Pathway. Plans call for the extension of the trail south to France Park and north to the Tippecanoe River State Park. A later phase would continue the Pathway north from there, to meet the North Judson Erie Trail near Bass Station.

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