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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.

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, ... who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

Watchdog Lebanon was founded by Aaron Smith on November 14, 2001. Aaron's home address is 2625 Countryside Drive, Lebanon, IN 46052 and his phone number is 765-891-1439. Aaron's biographical information can be found online at http://www.finplaneducation.net/aaron.htm

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Immediate action needed!
09/29/2014:
Please ACT NOW and let the Lebanon City Council members know what you think of the proposed Taxpayer UNfriendly 2015 Lebanon City Budget. The E-mail addressees for Lebanon City Council Members Keith Campbell (765-482-6082), John Copeland (765-482-5817), Mike Kincaid (765-482-6077), Lana Kruse (765-482-7784), Jeremy Lamar (765-482-4662), Steve Large (765-482-7293), and Preston Myers (765-894-0449) are: kecampbell@cityoflebanon.org; john.dcopeland5@gmail.com; kincaid@cmsclubweb.com; lkruse@cityoflebanon.org; jlamar@lamar-lamar.com; slarge60@gmail.com; pmyers@cityoflebanon.org

Send an E-mail to taxless3@comcast.net if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the 23 spreadsheet pages that were prepared on September 19 by the Lebanon Clerk-Treasurer detailing the 2015 Lebanon City Budget.

The Lebanon Civil City Property Tax Rates spreadsheet shows how the total city property tax rate has steadily increased 57.13% the past five years. Inflation, as measured by the consumer price index, has increased only 10.50% – the city’s total property tax rate has increased more than five times the rate of inflation. The city’s population has not grown, while the percent of Lebanon school students receiving free or reduced-price lunches has grown to 43.6%.

The Lebanon City Budgets spreadsheet shows how the proposed 2015 city budget is (22.23%) more than the 2014 city budget. It stands to reason that the proposed 2015 city budget will generate yet another increase in the city’s total property tax rate.

It is Taxpayer UNfriendly for the families of those Lebanon school children receiving free or reduced price lunches, and for Lebanon senior citizens on fixed incomes, to be subjected to an ever-increasing property tax burden caused by excessive budget increases.

The proposed 2015 city budget should be re4duced so there will be no property tax rate increase. The eight budget reduction suggestions listed next are a good starting point to changing the proposed 2015 budget from Taxpayer UNfriendly to Taxpayer Friendly.

(1) Reduce the salary increases for the Mayor and the two Deputy Clerk-Treasurers from 5 percent to 3 percent. These three persons are no more deserving of a merit increase than the other city employees who will receive an across-the-board 3 percent salary increase.

(2) Hire a part-time Clerk in the Mayor’s office instead of a new full-time Clerk. There would be no employee benefits paid to the part-time Clerk while it is being determined if the part-time Clerk is sufficient to meet the needs of the office without hiring another full-time Clerk.

(3) Hire a part-time Deputy Clerk-Treasurer instead of a new full-time Deputy Clerk-Treasurer. There would be no employee benefits paid to the part-time Deputy Clerk-Treasurer. Also, it might be determined that the part-time Deputy Clerk-Treasurer is not needed if payroll duties are outsourced to the private sector.

(4) Reduce the pay increase for the two Board of Works members from 52 percent to 3 percent. A 52 percent increase would result in each Board of Works member being paid $1,200. If a Board of Works member spends 24 hours a year in Board of Works meetings, then the member is paid $50 an hour – this seems high.

(5) The budget for supplies and parts to repair park buildings and playground equipment has increased from $14,000 in 2013 to $115,000 for both 2014 and 2015. It appears the 2015 budget can be reduced.

(6) Cancel the unneeded Indianapolis Avenue “gateway” roundabouts project. This would reduce Cumulative Capital Development spending by $1,366,477 next year and $1,138,475 in future years. The need for a future CCD property tax rate increase should be eliminated without the extravagant Indianapolis Avenue project.

(7) The 54% increase in the Health Insurance Premium from $1,036,000 to $1,600,000 is excessive. It appears that the 2015 Health Insurance claims are projected to be $856,000 with a maximum payout of $1,549,000. If you keep the 2015 Health Insurance Premium at $1,036,000, there will be less need for a General Fund property tax rate increase. Should 2015 Health Insurance claims exceed $1,036,000, additional requests using the city’s ample reserves can make up the difference. Projected 2015 cash balances appear to be $3,800,000 in the General Fund and $1,600,000 in the Rainy Day Fund.

(8) Instead of hiring three new Police Officers next year, follow the Police Chief’s original request and hire one new Police Officer each of the next three years. Also, instead of including a new full-time security officer for the Municipal Building in the Mayor’s budget for next year – it seems peculiar to give the Mayor a one-person police force of his own – assign next year’s new Police Officer to the Municipal Building. All city police and security personnel should be under the professional supervision of the Police Department.

In conclusion, the proposed 2015 city budget should be reduced so there will be no 2015 property tax rate increase.

Did You Know?
09/20/2014:
County Council member Marcia Wilhoite orchestrated a Wheel Tax presentation at the July 8, 2014, County Council meeting. It was reported that the imposition of a $25 annual wheel tax per vehicle would generate more than $1 million each year for the Boone County Highway Department. The Boone County Highway Department does not need revenue from a regressive Wheel Tax - and is not effectively using extra revenue from a recent significant state increase in local transportation funds.

The 2013-15 state budget changes state law to make better use of the existing state Gasoline Tax and state Sales Tax revenues from gasoline purchases to increase local transportation funding with NO NEW TRANSPORTATION TAX INCREASES. The Association of Indiana Counties reports that the Motor Vehicle Highway distribution from the state to the Boone County Highway Department will be $2,678,590 for both the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. These 2014 and 2015 fiscal year MVH distributions will be $698,590 (or 35% more) than the 2013 fiscal year distribution of $1,980,00. The source of this information is http://www.indianacounties.org/egov/documents/1366985907_63154.pdf. It is unconscionable to consider imposing a regressive Boone County Wheel Tax so soon after the big increase in state funding for local transportation needs!

The Boone County Highway Department started receiving the MVH funding increase after July 1, 2013. Instead of using all the increase to improve our county roads, the Highway Department’s 2013 MVH reserves were increased by $464,198 to $835,243.

The first page of the attachment to this E-mail is this summer’s chip and seal road program for the Boone County Highway Department. This chip and seal program expends only $410,145 from the county’s MVH Fund, which is $288,445 less than the MVH funding increase from the state. The Highway Department is not effectively using all the extra revenue from the state to maintain and improve our county roads.

The County Council allocated an additional $2 million to the Highway Department on July 8. The Highway Department was given $1 million from the Economic Development Fund reserves to make some of the county road improvements listed on the second page of the attachment to this E-mail. Another $1 million was given to the Highway Department from the State Road 334 Investment fund – the Highway Department was not required to use this allocation for county road maintenance and improvements; it is not certain how this $1 million will be used.

In addition to all the money available to the Highway Department, the amount of County Option Income Tax receipts to be distributed to the government units in Boone County is expected to be $24,378,423 in calendar year 2015: see http://www.ai.org/sba/files/CY_2015_County_Informational_Reports_08_28_2014.pdf. The calendar year 2014 Boone County COIT receipts total was $23,166,839. There is expected to be 5.23% more COIT receipts distributed to the government units in Boone County in 2015 than 2014. The portion of the COIT increase that goes to the county can be used to increase Highway Department funding WITHOUT imposing a regressive Wheel Tax.

Please let our County Council public servants know that you appose an unneeded and regressive Wheel Tax in Boone County. The E-mail addresses for Steve Jacob, David Rodgers, Debby Shubert, Walter (Butch) Smith, Gene Thompson, Brent Wheat, and Marcia Wilhoite are: stevejacob@tds.net; drodgers@ilines.net; deshubert@hotmail.com; wsmith312@yahoo.com; Eagletownship@aol.com; bwheat@cityoflebanon.org; wilhoite@ilines.net


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.

  City of Lebanon Interchange Land Use Plan
Detailed information about the Interchange Plan can be found online at http://www.finplaneducation.net/lebanon_interchange_plan.htm

All Lebanon and Boone County residents concerned about Lebanon's I-65 and State Road 39 Interchange Land Use Plan are encouraged to sign the "PETITION REQUEST TO LEBANON MAYOR HUCK LEWIS." Please send an E-mail to taxless3@comcast.net to obtain a copy of the Petition.

The Petition reads as follows: "The signature(s) of the concerned citizen(s) on this petition verify a request to have the 1,000 Acres of unincorporated Center Township farmland removed from the proposed City of Lebanon I-65 and State Road 39 Interchange Land Use Plan. Some of the reasons for this request include the following: (1) the industrial and single family residential land uses included in the Interchange Plan for the 1,000 Acres conflict with the Boone County Area Comprehensive Plan that preserves agricultural uses until the year 2030, (2) the Boone County Zoning Ordinance as administered by the Area Plan Commission satisfactorily protects the 1,000 Acres from "spot zoning" changes without the Interchange Plan, (3) the 1,500 acres in the Interchange Plan study area that are already within the Lebanon city limits are sufficient for Lebanon’s commercial and industrial development the next twenty years without the 1,000 Acres in unincorporated Center Township, (4) Lebanon has plenty of empty buildings and space in the Lebanon Business Park for business development without the 1,000 Acres, (5) inclusion of the 1,000 Acres in the Interchange Plan might defeat in court a land owners remonstrance against a future involuntary Lebanon annexation, (6) it would be more likely for eminent domain to be imposed to forcibly obtain the rights-of-way needed for the proposed Interchange Plan infrastructure, (7) the rural quality of life that so many Boone County residents enjoy and cherish would be maintained."

The City of Lebanon Interchange Land Use Plan “outlines the City’s short- to long-term plan for improvement, development, and growth” for a study area whose northeast boundary is I-65, west boundary is SR 39, and south boundary is County Road 250 South.” The Interchange Plan is presented as a “foundation for future decision-making regarding land use and infrastructure development and transportation circulation.” The Interchange Plan study area is about 2,500 acres, with 1,500 acres within the City limits and 1,000 acres outside the City within unincorporated Center Township. Agricultural land in the Interchange Plan study area today totals 2,190 acres and is “actively used by a select number of owners that have held the properties for several generations.” None of this farm land is preserved because the Interchange Plan provides, “Growth within the study area is desired to be in the form of mid- to high-end residential, business, office, retail, technology, research, light industry, or a combination of these forms.” 

The proposed Interchange Plan also stipulates: (a) “The cost of the recommended infrastructure is intended to be shared by Lebanon as well as the developer” and (b) “All infrastructure developments will defray development costs associated with private developments and make the study area more attractive for private investment, as well as reduce the risk and time for development.” The cost estimates for the nine categories of Interchange Plan infrastructure subject to taxpayer and utility ratepayer subsidies are summarized as follows:
$ 26.614 million for 3.9 miles of 4- lane Arterial Roads
$   8.019 million for 2.5 miles of 2-lane Collector Roads
$ 26.584 million for 5.3 miles of 3-lane Roads
$   8.743 million for 6.1 miles of Water Main Lines
$   1.767 million for 5.8 miles of Sanitary Sewer Trunk Lines
$   2.486 million for 2 Sanitary Lift Stations
$   4.200 million for an Electric Transmission Line
$   1.910 million for an Electric Substation
$ 28.802 million for the Lebanon I-65 Corridor Master Drainage Plan
$109.125 million TOTAL Subject to Taxpayer and Utility Ratepayer Subsidies

To put the $109,125,000 total Interchange Plan infrastructure subject to taxpayer and utility ratepayer subsidies in perspective, the total 2014 City of Lebanon budget certified by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance is $12,762,558. Mayor Lewis expresses his municipal growth philosophy in the City of Lebanon April 2014 Newsletter when he states, “Many entities are reluctant to locate in Lebanon without being ‘offered’ something.” Lebanon and Boone County working families cannot afford the mayor’s desired quid pro quo for the Interchange Plan infrastructure.

Some aspects of the Interchange Plan might be a reasonable road map for orderly development the next few decades. However, the Interchange Plan provisions that call for the $109.125 million estimated cost of the recommended infrastructure to be shared by Lebanon taxpayers and utility ratepayers are Taxpayer UNfriendly and would rapidly erode our rural quality of life while creating the potential for eminent domain abuses. Also, the Interchange Plan does not preserve Center Township farmland as provided for in the Boone County Area Comprehensive Plan. The Interchange Plan should be tabled by the Lebanon Plan Commission unless and until (1) all Interchange Plan references are removed that relate to infrastructure cost sharing by taxpayers and utility ratepayers and (2) the 1,000 Acres of Center Township farmland are removed from the Interchange Plan's study area.

  The Lebanon Watch
"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."
William F. Buckley, Jr.

It is time for everyday Lebanon residents to assert that our elected and appointed local government officials must stop increasing taxes and utility rates on existing residents to subsidize speculative development that does not pay for itself. One way to accomplish this goal is for concerned Lebanon residents to “watch” our thirty-five Lebanon and Boone County government bodies that are responsible for the oversight of our tax dollars and utility rates. 

If you attend a local government meeting (or watch it on TV) and discover something that is noteworthy, please send a report of the meeting to Watchdog Indiana at taxless3@comcast.net or call Aaron Smith at 765-891-1439. The Lebanon Watch Report web pages for our various government bodies and their public policy decisions can be accessed through the Watchdog Lebanon Topics Index below.  

The meetings scheduled by our local government bodies between now and January 1, 2014 (together with detailed information about meeting locations, contacts, and websites) can be found online at http://www.finplaneducation.net/lebanon_watch_meetings.htm.

 

Lebanon Topics Index

Consumer Price Index
Family Meals Tax: Lebanon Food and Beverage Tax.
Greater Lebanon Community Vision Committee
Huck Lewis Campaign Contributions History
Lebanon 2015 City Budget
Lebanon Business Park 2014 Property Taxes
Lebanon Candidate Information:
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 City Expenditures Per Capita
Lebanon City Finances
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 Memorial Park Swimming Pool
Lebanon Memory Hall Flats
Lebanon Municipal Building
Lebanon Property Tax Comparison: Residential and Farm.
Lebanon Property Taxes
Lebanon Public Library Expansion
Lebanon Public Library Expenditures Per Capita
Lebanon Public Library Taxpayer Friendly Action Plan
Lebanon Redevelopment Commission
Lebanon Schools - 2010 Referendum
Lebanon Schools - Education Outcomes Comparison: Schools with Boone County Students. 
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 Board
Lebanon Transportation Funding Increases
Lebanon Utilities - 2010 Operating Efficiency Analysis
Lebanon Utilities - 2012 Electric Rate Increase
Lebanon Utilities - Fire Hydrants Analysis
Lebanon Utilities - Telecommunications Division Profitability
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 Watch Government Meetings Schedule
Lebanon Worth Annexation
Lebanon's FAILED "Vision"
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.

 

Boone County Topics Index

Boone County Appointed Local Government Boards
Boone County Candidate Information:
2016 Boone County Commissioner Candidates: Don Lawson, Jeff Wolfe.
2016 Boone County Council Candidates: David Rodgers, Debby Shubert, Marcia 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, Tom Santelli, Jay Schaumberg, 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 Departments & Offices Employment: Compared With Twenty-Six Selected Indiana Counties.
Boone County Disbursements
Boone County Education Outcomes Comparison: Schools with Boone County Students.
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 Local Governments Nepotism
Boone County Mapleview Rest Home
Boone County Park Tax
Boone County Property Taxes
Boone County Sheriff's Office
Boone County Solid Waste Management District
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
Jeff Wolfe Campaign Contributions History
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.
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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