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Watchdog Lebanon was founded by Aaron Smith on November 14, 2001. Aaron's resides in Lebanon Indiana, and his biographical information can be found online at http://www.finplaneducation.net/aaron.htm

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Immediate action needed!
06/17/2019:
The City of Lebanon chose to accept the maximum permissible Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) payments allowed by state law from our Lebanon Utilities every year beginning in 2011 when the City’s Resolution No. 2010-07 was adopted on December 13, 2010.

The following spreadsheet details how the maximum permissible 2011-2018 PILOT payments from our Lebanon Utilities to the City’s General Fund have totaled $3,564,988:

Lebanon Utilities PILOT History 2011-2018

PILOT = Payments In Lieu Of Taxes from Lebanon Utilities to the City of Lebanon General Fund

(Compiled June 13, 2019)

SOURCES:

(1) March 4, 2019, E-mail from the Lebanon Utilities Chief Financial Officer.

(2) May 17, 2019, E-mail from the Lebanon Utilities Chief Financial Officer.

Year

Electric

Water

Wastewater

Telecommunications

Total

2018 Actual

$164,823

$146,038

$206,142

$2,589

$519,592

2017 Actual

$164,899

$132,985

$208,877

$2,508

$509,269

2016 Actual

$139,574

$130,558

$207,619

$2,617

$480,368

2015 Actual

$136,728

$134,296

$214,070

$2,327

$487,421

2014 Actual

$109,175

$124,203

$207,814

$1,948

$443,140

2013 Actual

$96,950

$125,171

$208,240

$1,494

$431,855

2012 Actual

$80,880

$105,313

$185,181

$1,957

$373,331

2011 Actual

$64,021

$88,638

$165,397

$1,956

$320,012

TOTALS

$957,050

$987,202

$1,603,340

$17,396

$3,564,988

Electric

Water

Wastewater

Telecommunications

Grand Total

The current PILOT payments just add to the City’s General Fund cash balance because the City does not dedicate any of these payments to meet the City’s ongoing needs.

According to the Annual Financial Report data from the Indiana Gateway website, the City’s General Fund cash balance from 12/31/2010 to 12/31/2018 increased $3,960,760 (or 258 percent from $1,537,885 to $5,498,645). It is informative to note that the City’s 2011-2018 General Fund cash balance increased $395,772 WITHOUT the PILOT payments. Also, the 2011-2018 cash balance increases in the City’s other governmental activities funds totaled $10,021,602. It is clear that Lebanon City Council Members, Lebanon Mayors, and the Lebanon Clerk-Treasurer have so successfully managed the City’s finances that supplemental PILOT payments from our Lebanon Utilities are not currently needed.

Resolution 2019-02 was passed unanimously by your Lebanon Utilities Service Board (LUSB) on June 5 and recommends that the City revise its Resolution 2010-07 as follows:
    In accordance with Indiana Code § 8-1. 5-3-8(g), the Common Council of the City of Lebanon ("City") hereby elects to transfer to the City's General Fund, a payment in lieu of taxes from the rates and charges of Lebanon Utilities in an amount up to the taxes that would be due the City on the property owned by Lebanon Utilities as if the property were privately owned. The amount of PILOT collected from the Utility will be reviewed and determined by the City on an annual basis, after presentation from the Utility during the City's budget work sessions which shall include projected capital improvement projects to the Utility infrastructure.

This recommended revision to the City’s Resolution 2010-07 would change the City’s decision-making process regarding Lebanon Utilities PILOT payments as listed next.

1. Our Lebanon City Council, with the approval of our Lebanon Mayor, would have the option to decide each year whether the City needs to have any PILOT payments transferred to the City’s General Fund from our Lebanon Utilities. The City could accept on a yearly basis either (a) the maximum permissible PILOT payments, (b) no PILOT payments whatsoever, or (c) any amount less than the maximum permissible PILOT payments. Currently the City is required to accept the maximum permissible PILOT payments allowed by state law from our Lebanon Utilities every year.

2. Lebanon Utilities would present its planned utility infrastructure capital improvements to our City Council, Mayor, and Clerk-Treasurer during the City’s budget work sessions each year.

3. Our City Council, with the approval of our Mayor, would decide each year whether or not to accept any PILOT payments from out Lebanon Utilities.

4. The PILOT payments not accepted by the City would be deposited in PILOT Reserve Funds established by our Lebanon Utilities.

5. The Lebanon Utilities PILOT Reserve Funds would all be spent on the planned utility infrastructure capital improvements so that the balance in each Reserve Fund would be zero by the end of the year.

If the City were to change its Resolution No. 2010-07 so that the PILOT payments made by our Lebanon Utilities to the City could be reduced or eliminated, then the PILOT amounts retained by our Lebanon Utilities would be spent on the capital project needs of our wastewater, electric, water, and telecommunications departments – while avoiding utility rate increases that would unnecessarily harm too many of our vulnerable neighbors. The current $558,368 in PILOT payments from our Lebanon Utilities are not now needed to subsidize our City government because the able management of our elected officials, together with recent increases in existing taxes and the imposition of new taxes, have provided ample revenues to meet our City’s needs.

Our Mayor Matt Gentry (mayorgentry@lebanon.in.gov, 765-482-1201) has agreed that the City’s Resolution 2010-07 should be changed as recommended! You may want to contact Mayor Gentry and thank him for his ratepayer (and taxpayer) friendly decision – and contact our City Council members to express your opinion about changing the City’s Resolution 2010-07: Keith Campbell (kecampbell@lebanon.in.gov), John Copeland (jcopeland@lebanon.in.gov), Dan Fleming (dfleming@lebanon.in.gov), Morris Jones (mrjones@lebanon.in.gov), Mike Kincaid (mkincaid@lebanon.in.gov ), Dick Robertson (drobertson@lebanon.in.gov), Brent Wheat (btwheat@wildindiana.com).

Did You Know?
06/18/2020:
Two deadly force categories of neck restraints are recognized for use by law enforcement agencies: (a) the chokehold that restricts a suspect's ability to breathe by applying pressure to the suspect's windpipe and (b) the vascular neck restraint that temporarily cuts off blood flow to the brain causing a suspect to go unconscious for a short period (when properly applied to a healthy suspect). Relevant information about the use of neck restraints by the Lebanon Police Department can be found online at http://finplaneducation.net/LPD_Neck_Area.htm. Also, relevant information about the use of neck restraints by the Boone County Sheriff's Office can be found online at http://finplaneducation.net/BCSO_Neck_Area.htm.

  Lebanon Sanitary Sewer Backup Prevention

Raw sewage backups in Lebanon homes present serious health hazards from exposure to the pathogens and allergens that fester in sewage waste. The Indiana State Department of Health has identified the following diseases caused by raw sewage and sewage contaminated water: Campylobacteriosis, Cryptosporidiosis, Escherichia coli Diarrhea, Encephalitis, Gastroenteritis, Giardiasis, Hepatitis A, Leptospirosis, Methaemoglobinaemia, Poliomyelitis, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Paratyphoid Fever, Typhoid Fever, and Yersiniosis. Details regarding these dangerous diseases can be found online at http://www.in.gov/isdh/22963.htm.

The elimination of improper sump pump and other connections to the sanitary sewer system is an important first step in preventing Lebanon’s sanitary sewer backups. A Special Report has been prepared by Watchdog Lebanon regarding the prevention of sanitary sewer backups in Lebanon homes. The Special Report sections include (1) Introduction, (2) Lebanon Sanitary System Overview, (3) Lebanon Sanitary Sewer Backup Sources, (4) Lebanon Sanitary Sewer Backup Solutions, (5) Proper Storm Water Management For Morningside & Edgewood Homeowners, (6) Voluntary Compliance Is Important, (7) Home Sump Pumps A Likely Problem, (8) Disconnecting Home Sump Pumps Will Prevent Most Sanitary Sewer Backups, (9) Payment Options To Correct Improper Sanitary Sewer Connections. The Special Report can be found online at http://www.finplaneducation.net/sewer_backup_prevention.htm.

The raw sewage backups into some Lebanon homes during significant rain events must be eliminated because they create serious health hazards.

 

Lebanon Topics Index

Boone County Free Public Records Directory
Consumer Price Index
Family Meals Tax: Lebanon Food and Beverage Tax.
Free Speech Guarantees
Get-Ahead Wage
Greater Lebanon Community Vision Committee
Huck Lewis Campaign Contributions: 2010-2015 Summary and 2014 Receipts & Expenditures and 2015 Receipts & Expenditures
Huck Lewis Election Law Violations Complaint
Indiana Statewide COVID-19 Statistics
Lebanon Backyard Chickens
Lebanon Business Park: 2014 Property Taxes and 2014 School Taxes and Tax Increment Financing Area Impact.
Lebanon Candidate Information:
   2015 Lebanon Mayor Candidates: Matt Gentry, Harold "Huck" Lewis
   2015 Lebanon City Council Candidates: Keith A. Campbell, John Copeland, Dan Fleming, Larry A. Hysong, Mike Kincaid, Lana M. Kruse, Corey Kutz, Jeremy Lamar, Steve Large, Preston Myers, Kevin Van Horn
   2014 Lebanon Community School Corporation Board of Trustees Candidates: Allen D. Douglass, Elizabeth Padgett (Liz) Keith, Tom Merritt
   2011 Lebanon Candidates (Lebanon Clerk Treasurer)
   2007 Lebanon Candidates (November 6, 2007, Lebanon Mayor General Election)
   2003-2005 Lebanon City Council Voting Record
   2002-03 Lebanon Candidates (November 4, 2003, Lebanon Mayor and City Council General Election; November 5, 2002, Boone County Council District 3 General Election; May 7,2002, Boone County Commissioner District 1 Republican Primary)
Lebanon Cash Reserves
Lebanon City Attorney
Lebanon City Budgets: 2015 and 2016.
Lebanon City Council Election Districts
Lebanon City Expenditures Per Capita
Lebanon City Finances: 1997-2004 and 2004-2015
Lebanon Clerk-Treasurer Attorney
Lebanon Conservation League Purchase
Lebanon Eminent Domain Coercions
Lebanon "Gateways" - Indianapolis Avenue Project
Lebanon "Gateways" - SR 39 Bridge Project
Lebanon Growth Projections
Lebanon Hot Pond
Lebanon I-65 Corridor Annexation
Lebanon I-65 Corridor Master Drainage Plan
Lebanon Interchange Land Use Plan
Lebanon Iron Men Properties Projects: Memory Hall Flats, The Flats at Memory Hall, The 451 Flats.
Lebanon Memorial Park Swimming Pool
Lebanon Municipal Building
Lebanon Police Department Use of Force: Neck Area
Lebanon Property Tax Bills Database
Lebanon Property Tax Comparison: Residential and Farm.
Lebanon Property Tax Multiple Homestead Deductions
Lebanon Property Tax Rates
Lebanon Property Taxes
Lebanon Public Library Expansion
Lebanon Public Library Expenditures Per Capita
Lebanon Public Library Taxpayer Friendly Action Plan
Lebanon Redevelopment Commission
Lebanon Rental Inspections: Includes Lebanon 2014 & 2015 Fire Fatalities and Lebanon O.P.E.N. Rental Inspection Program.
Lebanon Schools - 2010 Referendum
Lebanon Schools - Alternative High School (The Crossing National, Inc.)
Lebanon Schools - Education Outcomes Comparison (Public School Corporations with Boone County Students): 2014 and 2013.
Lebanon Schools - Expenditures Per Capita & Student
Lebanon Schools - Finances
Lebanon Schools - Herman B Wells Community Conference Center
Lebanon Schools - Lebanon Business Park School Taxes
Lebanon Schools - New School Need
Lebanon Schools - Property Tax History
Lebanon Schools - Superintendent Compensation
Lebanon Sump Pump Program: Estimated Costs
Lebanon Storm Water Management - 2016 Proposed Fee Increases
Lebanon Storm Water Management - Overview
Lebanon Tax Abatements
Lebanon Taxpayer Friendly Smart Growth Plan
Lebanon Transportation Funding Increases
Lebanon Utilities - 2010 Operating Efficiency Analysis
Lebanon Utilities - Electric 2012 Rate Increase
Lebanon Utilities - Electric IURC Regulation
Lebanon Utilities - Elizaville Road Project
Lebanon Utilities - Fire Hydrants Analysis
Lebanon Utilities - Hydrant Rental Fee
Lebanon Utilities - New 69 kV Electric Transmission Line
Lebanon Utilities - Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)
Lebanon Utilities - Telecommunications Division Profitability
Lebanon Utilities - Wastewater 2015 Rate Increase
Lebanon Utilities - Wastewater (Sanitary Sewer) Backup Prevention
Lebanon Utilities - Wastewater (Sanitary Sewer) Financial Analysis 
Lebanon Utilities - Wastewater (Sanitary Sewer) Treatment Plant Operation
Lebanon Utilities - Water Financial Analysis
Lebanon Vincennes University Gene Haas Training and Education Center
Lebanon Watch Government Meetings Schedule
Lebanon Workforce Development Options
Lebanon Worth Annexation
Lebanon's FAILED "Vision"
Local Government Meetings Schedule
Petition and Remonstrance
Population Data: City Of Lebanon; Center Township; Boone County; State Of Indiana.
Public Access Laws
Related Sites: Boone County Area Plan Commission; Boone County Chamber of Commerce; Boone County Community Network; Boone County Economic Development Corporation; Boone County E-mail Directory; Boone County Farm Bureau, Boone County Republicans; Boone REMC; Lebanon (City Of), Indiana; Lebanon Community School Corporation; Lebanon Community Vision Committee.
Ronald Reagan Parkway
STATS Indiana: Provides easy, one-stop access to critical statistics for states, counties, cities and towns, townships, regions, census tracts, and more.
Unemployment Rates: Hoosiers By The Numbers.

 

Boone County Topics Index

Boone County Alcoholic Beverage Board
Boone County Appointed Local Government Boards
Boone County Candidate Information:
   2016 Boone County Commissioner Candidates: Andy Dardini, Larry Hysong, Don Lawson, Jeff Wolfe.
   2016 Boone County Council Candidates: Tad D. Braner, Brian Buchanan, Don Cooper, Steve Freeland, Jim Love, Elise Nieshalla, Dax Norton, Marcia C. Wilhoite.
   2014 Boone County Commissioner Candidates: Marc Applegate, Julia Evinger.
   2014 Boone County Council Candidates: Ken P. Campbell, Jon "Chip" Cravens, John W. Hamilton, John W. Hume, Jim Hundley, Steve Jacob, David Rodgers, Tom Santelli, Jay Schaumberg, Debby Shubert, Gene Thompson.
   2014 Boone County Superior Court 2 Judge Candidates: Campaign Fundraising.
   2014 Center Township Board Candidates: Penny S. Bogan, Larry Hysong, Benjamin "Benjy" Johnson, Tami Richardson, Richard "Dick" Robertson, Jane Ann Taylor, Brent Wheat.
   2014 Center Township Trustee Candidates: Randall "Randy" Large, Eric R. Ping, Adam Walker, Robert L. Wirey.
   2012 Boone County Candidates (Boone County Council).
   2008 Boone County Candidates (Boone County Auditor Primary Election).
   2006 Boone County Candidates (Boone County Council General Election).
   2004 Boone County Candidates (November 2, 2004, Boone County Commissioners General Election; November 2, 2004, Boone County Council General Election; May 4, 2004, Boone County Commissioners Republican Primary; May 4, 2004, Boone County Council Republican Primary).
   2002-03 Boone County Candidates (November 4, 2003, Lebanon Mayor and City Council General Election; November 5, 2002, Boone County Council District 3 General Election; May 7,2002, Boone County Commissioner District 1 Republican Primary).
   2002 Boone County Council Voting Record.
Boone County Campaign Contributions History (for selected local candidates within Boone County)
Boone County Commissioner Election Districts
Boone County Council 2014 Budget
Boone County Council 2015 Budget
Boone County Council 2021 Budget
Boone County Cumulative Capital Development Property Tax
Boone County Democratic Party Rules
Boone County Departments & Offices Employment: Compared With Twenty-Six Selected Indiana Counties.
Boone County Disbursements
Boone County Education Outcomes Comparison (Public School Corporations with Boone County Students): 2014 and 2013.
Boone County Expenditures Per Capita
Boone County Financial Analysis (Completed by Watchdog Indiana on April 19, 2012).
Boone County Growth Projections
Boone County Highway Department
Boone County I-65 North Overlay District
   Overlay District for the Northern Portion of Interstate 65 
   I-65 North Overlay Zoning District Document 
   Land Owners Within I-65 North Overlay District 
   Overlay District Questions for I-65 North Corridor Land Owners
   I-65 North Overlay District Map
Boone County Key Bank Building Purchase
Boone County Local Governments Nepotism
Boone County Local Income Tax
Boone County Mapleview Rest Home
Boone County Park Tax
Boone County Police Departments
Boone County Property Tax Bills Database
Boone County Property Tax Multiple Homestead Deductions
Boone County Property Taxes
Boone County Republican Party Rules
Boone County Sheriff: Use of Force: Neck Area and 2016 Business Plan and Office Management.
Boone County Solid Waste Management District
Boone County Tax Abatements
Boone County Tax Increment Financing Districts
Boone County Transportation Funding Increases
Boone County Utilities
Boone County Water Resources
Consumer Price Index
Convention Center
County Option Income Tax (COIT)
Duke Realty (Anson) Project.
Emergency Telephone System (E911) Fee
Free Speech Guarantees
Get-Ahead Wage
Indiana Statewide COVID-19 Statistics
Jeff Wolfe Campaign Contributions History
Local Government Meetings Schedule
Petition and Remonstrance
Population Data: City Of Lebanon; Center Township; Boone County; State Of Indiana.
Public Access Laws
Recount Commission: 2002 Boone County Commissioner District 1.
Related Sites: Boone County Area Plan Commission; Boone County Chamber of Commerce; Boone County Community Network; Boone County Economic Development Corporation; Boone County E-mail Directory; Boone County Farm Bureau, Boone County Republicans; Boone REMC; Lebanon (City Of), Indiana; Lebanon Community School Corporation; Lebanon Community Vision Committee.
Ronald Reagan Parkway
STATS Indiana: Provides easy, one-stop access to critical statistics for states, counties, cities and towns, townships, regions, census tracts, and more.
Thorntown Clerk-Treasurer Investigation
Unemployment Rates: Hoosiers By The Numbers.
Wheel Tax
Worth Township-Whitestown 2012 Reorganization (Approved Plan of Reorganization Town of Whitestown and Worth Township) (defeated by November 6, 2012 referendum).

 

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