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Watchdog Indiana LogoWatchdog Lebanon provides information about the revenues, spending, and long-term debt assumption of the local and county governments in Boone County. An online community is established where Boone County Hoosiers work together to help control government growth. This volunteer effort is non-party, non-connected, and non-profit. 

Watchdog Lebanon is an advocate for good government that focuses on the local tax burden of Boone County working families.

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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!
10/02/2016:
Everyone is urged to contact the Zionsville Town Council and Lebanon City Council members and insist they vote against the excessive county-wide 50% Local Income Tax increase on October 11.

The phone number to reach all the Zionsville Town Council members is 317-873-5130 and the E-mail addresses for Josh Garrett, Elizabeth Hopper, Jeff Papa, Tom Schuler, Kevin Spees, Susana Suarez, and Bryan Traylor are: jgarrett@zionsville-in.gov; ehopper@zionsville-in.gov; jpapa@zionsville-in.gov; tschuler@zionsville-in.gov; kspees@zionsville-in.gov; ssuarez@zionsville-in.gov; btraylor@zionsville-in.gov;

The Lebanon City Council Members are are Keith Campbell (765-482-6082), John Copeland (765-482-5817), Dan Fleming (765-335-2170), Mike Kincaid (317-341-5934), Corey Kutz (765-414-0704), Jeremy Lamar (765-482-4662), and Dick Robertson (765-891-2604) and their E-mail addresses are: kecampbell@cityoflebanon.org; john.dcopeland5@gmail.com; daniel.fleming88@gmail.com; mikekincaid22@gmail.com; corey.kutz@gmail.com; jlamar@lamar-lamar.com; dick.robertson67@yahoo.com;

Everyone is also urged to contact Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak (317-873-5410, thaak@zionsville-in.gov) and Lebanon Mayor Matt Gentry (765-482-1201, MayorGentry@CityOfLebanon.org) and insist they veto the excessive 50% Local Income Tax increase.

In addition, concerned citizens also need to attend the Lebanon High School joint meeting on October 11 at 7:00 PM and testify against the Local Income Tax increase.

Did You Know?
07/08/2016:
The Lebanon School Superintendent announced at a recent meeting of the Lebanon School Board that he expects to build a new school in Whitestown the next four to seven years because of continued population growth in Whitestown and Worth Township. This does not seem to make sense because most developers of subdivisions and apartment complexes in the Whitestown area have thus far chosen to put their new residences within the Zionsville school district instead of the Lebanon school district.

According to http://www.stats.indiana.edu/population/sub_cnty_estimates/2017/e2017_places.asp, the Whitestown population increased 5,312 the past 7 years:
2017 = 8,179
2016 = 7,598
2015 = 6,766
2014 = 5,788
2013 = 4,480
2012 = 3,985
2011 = 3,453
2010 = 2,867

According to http://www.stats.indiana.edu/population/sub_cnty_estimates/2017/e2017_townships.asp, the Worth Township population increased 1,185 the past 7 years:
2017 = 3,639
2016 = 3,292
2015 = 3,136
2014 = 2,879
2013 = 2,420
2012 = 2,289
2011 = 2,112
2010 = 2,454

According to http://www.stats.indiana.edu/stats_dpage/dpage.asp?id=71&view_number=2&menu_level=&panel_number=, the 2016 Boone County School Age (5 to 17) Population was 19.84 percent of the total county population.

Because 19.84 percent of the total county population is school age, school enrollment from the 2010 to 2017 Whitestown and Worth Township population growth should have increased by 1,289 students [(5,312 + 1,185) x 0.1984].

Where did the 1,289 new students go to school? It is obvious that not many new students are at the Lebanon schools because their total student enrollment actually declined from 3,459 in 2010 to 3,434 in 2017! Meanwhile, total enrollment in the Zionsville schools increased by 1,361 students from 5,570 in 2010 to 6,931 in 2017. The Lebanon and Zionsville student enrollments listed next were obtained from https://www.doe.in.gov/accountability/annual-school-performance-reports.

Lebanon Community School Corporation (0665) Student Enrollment
2017 = 3,434
2016 = 3,520
2015 = 3,573
2014 = 3,527
2013 = 3,557
2012 = 3,547
2011 = 3,552
2010 = 3,459

Zionsville Community Schools (0630) Student Enrollment
2017 = 6,931
2016 = 6,722
2015 = 6,424
2014 = 6,266
2013 = 5,923
2012 = 5,750
2011 = 5,644
2010 = 5,570

Some Whitestown students live within the Zionsville school district boundaries, while the remainder reside within the Lebanon school district. Whitestown students who attend the Zionsville schools live within the area roughly bounded by CR 600 E at the southern end of the county, straight north through I-65 Exit 130 to CR 500 S, CR 500 S to CR 650 E, CR 650 E to CR 550 S, CR 550 S to CR 700 E, CR 700 E to Whitestown Parkway (old IN 334), Whitestown Parkway to I-65, and I-65 to the southern end of the county. A significant number of new Whitestown residences have been built within the Zionsville school boundaries at Clark Meadows, Clark Neighborhoods at Anson, Woodlands Luxury Apartments, The Boulevards at Anson, Townhomes at Anson, Westhaven Luxury Apartments, Westwood Landing, and Eagles Nestthese new Whitestown subdivisions and apartment complexes account for a great deal of the 2010-2017 student enrollment growth in the Zionsville schools.

Major Whitestown subdivisions within the Lebanon school district include Walker Farms and Harvest Park. Walker Farms and Harvest Park elementary students are assigned to Lebanon’s Perry Worth Elementary School. Student enrollment at Perry Worth Elementary has been static since 2014.

Perry Worth Elementary School Student Enrollment
2017 = 373
2016 = 375
2015 = 372
2014 = 373
2013 = 347
2012 = 338
2011 = 320
2010 = 270

Why are most developers in the Whitestown area choosing to put their new residences within the Zionsville school district instead of the Lebanon school district? The 2017 Accountability Grades listed next probably are a big reason.

Zionsville Community Schools 2017 A-F Accountability Grades
Boone Meadow Elementary = A
Eagle Elementary = A
Pleasant View Elementary = A
Stonegate Elementary = A
Union Elementary= A
Zionsville Middle School = A
Zionsville West Middle School = A
Zionsville Community High School = A
ZCS TOTAL = A

Lebanon Community School Corporation 2017 A-F Accountability Grades
Central Elementary = B
Harney Elementary = C
Perry Worth Elementary = A
Stokes Elementary = C
Lebanon Middle School = B
Lebanon Senior High School = A
LCSC TOTAL = B

It is also noteworthy that, according to https://www.doe.in.gov/accountability/annual-school-performance-reports, the percentage of 2016-17 students who moved from one school to another in a different school corporation was 9.7 percent at the Lebanon Community School Corporation, but only 2.4 percent at the Zionsville Community Schools. NOTE: Lebanon students are not transferring to the Zionsville schools because the Zionsville schools do not accept tuition students who reside outside their attendance boundaries.

It does not make sense for the Lebanon Community Schools Corporation to build a new school in Whitestown unless a significant number of developers in the Whitestown area unexpectedly start to build their new residences within the Lebanon schools district instead of the Zionsville schools district. It is certainly hoped that the Lebanon School Superintendent does not believe that simply erecting a new school building will by itself attract new residential developers! Lebanon schools need to focus on improving their academic programs and outcomes before deciding to build a costly and unneeded new school in Whitestown.

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 crucial initiative pertaining to the elimination of improper sanitary sewer system connections is the Lebanon Utilities Sanitary Sewer Study in the Morningside and Edgewood neighborhoods.

Lebanon Utilities and Wessler Engineering are conducting a Sanitary Sewer Study in the Morningside and Edgewood neighborhoods. This Study includes the inspection of resident sump pumps and the inspection of sanitary lateral pipes that connect homes to the city’s sanitary sewer pipes. Homeowners are responsible for the proper operation of both the resident sump pumps and the sanitary lateral pipes. Detailed information about the Study can be found on the Lebanon Utilities web page at http://www.lebanon-utilities.com/ww_projects.html.

There are a total of 244 homes in the Study area. The Morningside neighborhood includes Morningside Drive, Sunnyside Lane, Brookside Drive, and the adjoining sections of Fordice Road and John Bart Road. The Edgewood Neighborhood includes Edgewood Drive, Amber Lane, Evergreen Road, Glendale Drive, and the adjoining sections of Fordice Street, Grant Street, and Washington Street (and the homes on Main Street between Prairie Creek and Oak Hill Cemetery). As of September 17, 21 of the 244 homes had been inspected – two of the inspected homes had improper sump pump connections to the Lebanon sanitary sewer system.

Morningside and Edgewood neighborhood residents have been asked to please schedule their home inspection by E-mailing Nancy Hanley at NancyH@wesslerengineering.com or calling 317-788-4551 (ask for Nancy). The inspections began on September 2, 2014, and will end on October 30, 2014. Inspections will be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. It is imperative that all Lebanon citizens urge the 244 Morningside and Edgewood homeowners to participate in the Sanitary Sewer Study.

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
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 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 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 - Property Tax History
Lebanon Schools - Superintendent Compensation
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 - Elizaville Road Project
Lebanon Utilities - Fire Hydrants Analysis
Lebanon Utilities - New 69 kV Electric Transmission Line
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 Council 2014 Budget
Boone County Council 2015 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: 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
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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