The Jennings County Council took a preliminary step Tuesday toward setting up a special-use income tax to be used for funding construction of a proposed new county jail.
"It seems to me that this is the smart thing to do," said Mike Kelley (R-District 1), Council president. "We have to build a jail, and we have to find a way to pay for it."
According to estimates, the jail will cost $23 million to $41 million, the total amount depending on the final plans. Even at the minimum, experts say that the county will almost certainly have to raise taxes somewhere to pay for the construction.
The so-called "jail tax" requires approval from the Indiana General Assembly before the Council can enact it. The rate has yet to be determined. Of other counties that have a jail tax, neighboring Decatur County, which enacted one last year, has a jail tax rate of .5 percent.
It was an extra special Our Hospice of Jennings County Gala on Saturday. The 20th anniversary of the fund-raising event raised over $63,000.
The last thing Lynde Doup probably thought she would do is write a book about two near fatal accidents she experienced first as a teenager and then as an adult.
After an incident that could have come straight from an episode of the "Bad Boys" reality television show, a Scipio man remains in the Jennings County Jail on multiple preliminary felony and other charges.
Out of hundreds of applications, North Vernon Elementary School is one of five finalists for a $75,000 grant to help fund the purchase of playground equipment.
Among the artists performing at the 15th annual Granville Johnson Music Festival at the Park Theatre Civic Centre on March 10 will be the Borrowed Tyme Band. From left are Dan Canerday on guitar, Rick Wilson on bass, Roger Brown on mandolin and Josh Woods on banjo. Also on the bill are The New Balance, Tony and Shirley Bryant and Friends, and, the headliner, Hamilton Creek. Tickets are $15 and now on saleat the Park Theatre box office.-Submitted Photo