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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

Aaron Smith is an Independent candidate for Lebanon City Council At-Large in the November 3 general election!

Compare the Lebanon Taxpayer Friendly Smart Growth Plan to the Taxpayer UNfriendly public record of Lebanon City Council At-Large candidate Jeremy Lamar.

  Lebanon Taxpayer Friendly Smart Growth Plan

The strong Lebanon population growth from 1990 to 2007 has been stymied by the failure of the “Developer Friendly” agenda. Until 2008, Lebanon grew by appealing to young families wanting an affordable starter home in a safe bedroom community with a rural quality of life, moderate cost of living, and acceptable schools. We need to recover from the Developer Friendly agenda failure by implementing a smart growth plan that rediscovers the Taxpayer Friendly strategies from the recent past.

The indiscriminate awarding of tax abatements and Tax Increment Financing infrastructure subsidies has resulted in the saturation of the local low wage job market. Our rural quality of life has been eroded by the increased traffic to bring out-of-city employees to the low wage jobs in the Lebanon Business Park. Future tax abatements and Tax Increment Financing infrastructure subsidies should only be awarded to those companies that create a significant number of new jobs that pay a Get-Ahead Wage of at least $20 an hour together with an acceptable benefits package.

It is of utmost importance that concerted and coordinated efforts be made to develop the Lebanon workforce so all Lebanon students and adults are prepared to have fulfilling careers that pay a Get-Ahead Wage of at least $20 an hour. A Lebanon workforce that is more skilled because of continuing education after high school graduation will help attract companies that pay a Get-Ahead Wage to Lebanon and central Boone County.

Lebanon’s ever increasing municipal property tax rates are one reason that our local governments have reached the point where they are experiencing revenue shortfalls from the property tax caps. Lebanon homes assessed at more than $200,000 and Lebanon apartments are at the property tax cap level for the first time.

It is imperative that Lebanon effectively implement a Taxpayer Friendly Smart Growth Plan.

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Immediate action needed!
05/08/2015:
Some questions must be answered regarding the Lebanon Utilities plans to construct a new 69 kV electric transmission line. This new 69 kV line will begin at the central substation, which is located in the 400 block of East Elm Street near the intersection with Evans Street. The 69 kV line is expected to follow a southeast path to the intersection of Indianapolis Avenue and CR 100 S near the 4-H Fairgrounds. The 69 kV line will then apparently proceed east along CR 100 S almost to CR 300 E.

New 69 kV transmission lines are typically built on a mix of steel and wood poles approximately 65 feet tall. The span between poles generally is 220 feet to 400 feet, depending upon the location of any existing power lines. Below is a picture of a 69 kV pole – note that it is somewhat taller and a lot wider than a street light.

Property values are likely to go down for those homes adjacent to where the new 69 kV transmission line will be constructed.

The Lebanon Utility Service Board on April 22 approved a contract with Spectrum Engineering to identify two or three alternate routes for the new 69 kV line, and to make a recommendation on a preferred route. Spectrum Engineering will also design the 69 kV line’s wood poles, materials, and steel poles (if they are needed), prepare the material and construction bid packages, evaluate the proposals, recommend a proposal, provide technical assistance during construction, and prepare as-built information once the project is completed.

The Lebanon Utility Service Board on May 6 approved a $235,000 contract with American Structurepoint to conduct public meetings, complete surveys, and negotiate with land owners for right-of-way purchases (the final actual right-of-way purchases will not be made by American Structurepoint). There will supposedly be a “series” of public meetings that focus on the affected neighborhoods starting this July. Construction on the new 69 kV line will begin Spring 2016 and finish December 2016. The new 69 kV line appears to be the $2,155,000 I-65 Area Transmission and Distribution project referenced in the 2012 Lebanon Utilities bond issue that resulted in an electric rate increase.

The new 69 kV line is described as a second 69 kV delivery point into the Lebanon Utilities electric system from the Duke Energy transmission lines. The new 69 kV line will be an independent 69 kV source such that if Lebanon Utilities loses the existing connection point with Duke (due to ice, storms, tornado, etc.) there will be a back-up (second) source to provide power into the electric system. The new 69 kV line will provide service to the central portions of Lebanon through Lebanon Utilities’ Central Substation and West Substation. At some point in time in the future “when demand requires it,” Lebanon Utilities will construct a new substation to help serve the Lebanon interchange area bordered by I-65, SR 39, and CR 250 S. It is planned that the new 69 kV line will provide service to this new Lebanon interchange substation. Lebanon Utilities states that the new 69 kV line “will vastly improve our system reliability and central city loads and in the future support new load growth.”

Some initial questions come to mind regarding the as yet unannounced plans to construct the new Lebanon Utilities 69 kV transmission line.

Is the back-up electric power source that will be provided by the new 69 kV line really needed at the present time since Lebanon Utilities has been operating decades without such a back-up source?

Isn’t the new 69 kV line just part of a build-it-and-they-will-come attempt to have Lebanon Utilities ratepayers subsidize hoped-for development in the Lebanon interchange area?

Aren’t there plenty of existing areas in Lebanon more suitable for development without taxpayer and utility ratepayer subsidies than the Lebanon interchange area?

Will Lebanon Utilities make a sincere effort to notify our neighbors in a timely manner about how the new 69 kV line will impact their homes?

Will Lebanon Utilities resort to eminent domain to build the new 69 kV line?

Will those whose homes that will be impacted by the new 69 kV line insist that their new elected officials investigate fully whether the new 69 kV line is really a legitimate need or just a developer-subsidizing want?

Did You Know?
07/31/2015:
Lebanon awarded 22 tax abatements this year to 12 Lebanon companies: see http://www.finplaneducation.net/county_tax_abatements.htm. The 2015 property tax savings for these 12 Lebanon companies are as follows:
$     21,753 to Aurora Parts for two tax abatements
$     45,411 to DA Lubricant for one tax abatement
$     16,931 to Festool USA for two tax abatements
$   173,369 to Hachette Book Group for two tax abatements
$     34,159 to IBC Coating Technologies for five tax abatements
$       3,533 to Indiana Repair and Welding for two tax abatements
$     21,034 to L. T. Rich for one tax abatement
$     31,824 to MSI Packaging for one tax abatement
$   441,982 to Purity Wholesale Grocers for two tax abatements
$     15,811 to Skjodt-Barrett for one tax abatement
$   341,826 to Subaru of America for one tax abatement
$   277,685 to United States Cold Storage for two tax abatements
$1,425,318 TOTAL 2015 PROPERTY TAX SAVINGS FROM ABATEMENTS

Each company that receives a tax abatement from the City of Lebanon must submit an SB-1 Form "Statement of Benefits." Every year before May 15, each company is also supposed to file with the Lebanon City Council a CF-1 Form regarding compliance of the company's tax abatement project(s) with the employment and real estate improvement promises included in the SB-1 Statement of Benefits Form. The Lebanon City Council may terminate a tax abatement if a company has not made reasonable efforts to substantially comply with the SB-1 Statement of Benefits Form.

See http://www.finplaneducation.net/county_tax_abatements.htm to review the CF-1 Compliance Forms submitted this year to the Lebanon Clerk-Treasurer. CF-1 Compliance Forms were properly submitted for 8 of the 12 Lebanon companies that received 2015 tax abatements. CF-1 Compliance Forms were not submitted as required for DA Lubricant, Indiana Repair and Welding, L. T. Rich, and Skjodt-Barrett. However, CF-1 Compliance Forms were submitted for CNH America and Gander Mountain even though they were not awarded 2015 tax abatements.

The CF-1 Compliance Forms submitted for 8 of the 12 Lebanon Companies receiving 2015 property tax abatements reveal the Property Tax Savings Per Employee listed in Table 1 below.

Table 1. 2015 Tax Abatement Property Tax Savings Per Employee
Purity Wholesale Grocers one tax abatement for $441,982 = $5,525 each for 80 employees.
U. S. Cold Storage two tax abatements for $277,685 = $3,753 each for 74 employees.
Subaru of America one tax abatement for $341,826 = $3,136 each for 109 employees.
ALL TOTAL sixteen tax abatements for $1,339,529 = $1,760 each for 761 employees.
MSI Packaging one tax abatement for $31,824 = $837 each for 38 employees.
IBC Coating Technologies five tax abatements for $34,159 = $683 each for 50 employees.
Hachette Book Group two tax abatements for $173,369 = $598 each for 290 employees.
Festool USA two tax abatements for $16,931 = $403 each for 42 employees.
Aurora Parts two tax abatements for $21,753 = $279 each for 78 employees.
The CF-1 Compliance Forms submitted this year for the 10 Lebanon Companies reveal the Average Hourly Wages listed in Table 2 below.

Table 2. Average Hourly Salaries
Aurora Parts pays 78 employees $9,598,477.40 in total annual salaries = $59.16 an hour.
Festool USA pays 42 employees $2,347,000.00 in total annual salaries = $26.86 an hour.
IBC Coating Tech. pays 50 employees $2,739,000 in total annual salaries = $26.33 an hour.
MSI Packaging pays 38 employees $1,746,000 in total annual salaries = $22.09 an hour.
Subaru of Amer. pays 109 employees $4,632,303 in total annual salaries = $20.43 an hour.
ALL TOTAL 1,546 employees paid $65,320,626.53 total annual salaries = $20.31 an hour.
Hachette Book Gr. pays 290 empl. $10,753,573.25 in total ann. salaries = $17.82 an hour.
CNH Amer. pays 631 employees $23,383,896.70 in total annual salaries = $17.81 an hour.
Purity Wholesale Grocers pays 80 empl. $2,950,000 in total ann. salaries = $17.72 an hour.
U. S. Cold Storage pays 74 empl. $2,670,376.18 in total annual salaries = $17.34 an hour.
Gander Mountain pays 154 employees $4,500,000 in total annual salaries = $14.04 an hour.

The conclusions listed next result from an analysis of the data included in the foregoing Tables 1 and 2.

(1) The Lebanon City Council should insist that all Lebanon companies receiving tax abatements be required to submit a CF-1 Compliance Form every year. DA Lubricant, Indiana Repair and Welding, L. T. Rich, and Skjodt-Barrett should be required to show they have fulfilled the employment and real estate improvements they promised in order to receive their tax abatements – they should not avoid the possibility of tax abatement termination by the Lebanon City Council simply by failing to submit a CF-1 Compliance Form.

(2) When judged by the criteria of 2015 Tax Abatement Property Tax Savings Per Employee, the tax abatements awarded to Purity Wholesale Grocers, U. S. Cold Storage, and Subaru of America were overly generous. Any proposed tax abatement with a property tax savings of more than $1,500 per employee should be carefully scrutinized before being awarded.

(3) Tax abatements have been awarded to companies that do not pay their employees a Get-Ahead Wage of at least $20 an hour (see http://www.finplaneducation.net/get_ahead_wage.htm). The average hourly salaries of Hachette Book Group, Purity Wholesale Grocers, and U. S. Cold Storage are low enough so that a three person household in Lebanon would qualify for reduced price school lunches. Any proposed tax abatement for a company that does not offer new employees a starting salary of at least $20 an hour should be carefully scrutinized before being awarded. The public and private assistance costs are too high when Lebanon elected officials award tax abatements and other incentives to companies that do not pay their employees a Get-Ahead Wage.

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 October 1, 2015 (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

Boone County Free Public Records Directory
Consumer Price Index
Family Meals Tax: Lebanon Food and Beverage Tax.
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 2015 City Budget
Lebanon Business Park 2014 Property Taxes
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 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: Memory Hall Flats, The Flats at Memory Hall.
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 - 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 Board
Lebanon Tax Abatements
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 Vincennes University Gene Haas Training and Education Center
Lebanon Watch Government Meetings Schedule
Lebanon Workforce Development Options
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.
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 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 (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 Local Governments Nepotism
Boone County Mapleview Rest Home
Boone County Park Tax
Boone County Property Tax Bills Database
Boone County Property Tax Multiple Homestead Deductions
Boone County Property Taxes
Boone County Sheriff's Office
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
Get-Ahead Wage
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.
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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