How much can Jennings County spend on a new jail without raising taxes?
That was the question raised last week by members of the Jennings County Board of Commissioners and Council.
Then late Tuesday, Jan. 16, financial consultant Jeff Peters informed county officials that he estimates that number at $12.8 million.
That amount, which would come from the county's Local Income Tax (LIT) revenue, "is severely insufficient to solve the problem," said Peters in an email.
"This amount also does not address any additional new operational costs or any amounts that the county would additionally appropriate and spend beyond the currently adopted $2.3 million budget," Peters added.
Last year, DLZ Indiana estimated a new jail will cost $23 million to $41 million.
Before this latest bombshell, Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), president of the commissioners and also a jail committee member, said at Thursday's commissioners' meeting that other financial consultants had projected the no-tax-increase figure at $20 million.
It has been seven years since Walter "Wally" Glover was St. Vincent Jennings Hospital's chaplain, a position he had for 11 years, yet he remains firmly connected to North Vernon and Jennings County.
Seven Jennings County High School girls have stepped forward to compete for the title of 2018 Hospice of Jennings County queen and by doing so, these young women have committed to raising money for the non-profit organization.
The fate of the 305 Jennings Street house, considered by many to be the most outstanding example of Queen Anne style architecture in Jennings County, will be discussed at a special public meeting of the Area Plan Commission (APC) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at Government Center, Vernon.
The ice and snow that hit the area forced the closing of all schools in Jennings County this week and last Friday which meant students participated in e-Learning days.
After a make-up match on Thursday night against Seymour, the Jennings County High School varsity wrestlers will head to Jeffersonville on Friday night for the annual Hoosier Hills Conference tournament.
Paul Breibelbix of Morgan's Landscaping kicks up the snow as he uses a leaf blower to clear the sidewalk outside a North Vernon business on East Walnut Street Monday morning. The area received about an inch of snow overnight to go with another inch that fell two days earlier.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer