Rep. Gutwein Introduces Bill to Help Fund Pulaski County Courthouse Renovations

Now that the Pulaski County Commissioners have recommended a path forward for courthouse renovations, discussions about how to fund it will begin in the county council and the Indiana General Assembly. State Representative Doug Gutwein has introduced legislation that would allow a special income tax that’s currently in place to pay for the Justice Center to be extended until 2036 to fund courthouse renovations.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Again Urges Officials to Keep Work Release Center in Facilities Plans

Now that the Pulaski County Commissioners have chosen a path for a potential courthouse renovation, Sheriff Jeff Richwine is renewing calls for a dedicated work release facility. He told the county council last week that while there are no easy answers for preventing drug addiction, additional programs could help treat the problem that already exists.

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Pulaski County Council Once Again Requests More Time to Consider Tax Changes

Pulaski County Council: back row: Mike Tiede, Kathi Thompson, Brian Young; front row: Scott Hinkle, Rudy DeSabatine, Jay Sullivan (not pictured: Ken Boswell)

The Pulaski County Council wants a few more days to consider what direction to take on potential tax adjustments. The county currently has the highest income tax rate in the state, but one of the lowest property tax rates. Council members have been looking at ways to balance those, while also preparing for the end of the special income tax that was put in place to pay for the Justice Center but also covers a large portion of jail operations.

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Pulaski Council Aiming to Return Spending to 2016 Levels, as Budget Balancing Efforts Continue

As Pulaski County looks for a way to get its finances back on track, officials’ next step may be to look back at 2016 spending. Consultant Jeffrey Peters told the county council Monday that was the last time revenue exceeded expenditures. “In 2016, you brought in a little above $10 million, you spent about $10 million,” he explained. “This year, we anticipate your revenue stream would be about $10 million.”

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Pulaski County Council Considers Funding Arrangements for Justice Center Work

Funding for work at the Pulaski County Justice Center will apparently be appropriated one bill at a time. Earlier this month, Maintenance Director Mia Salyers told the county commissioners that the building’s fire alarm upgrades ended up costing $10,000 more than expected and Sheriff Jeff Richwine had offered to cover about $6,700 of that out of his department’s Misdemeanant Fund.

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