Add the Jennings County Farm Bureau membership to those who want to see the county's controversial jail tax rescinded.
Leaders of the group spoke to both the Jennings County Council and Board of County Commissioners in the last few days to voice what they say their membership wants.
"We represent 3,083 Farm Bureau members in Jennings County," said Don Biehle, president of the Jennings County Farm Bureau. "We think it is important to go on record with this local policy recommendation."
That recommendation calls for the total repeal of the jail tax before Oct. 31 if the county commissioners do not approve the construction of the new jail by that date.
The Jennings County Farm Bureau's board of directors approved recommending abolishing the jail tax at its Aug. 1 meeting.
"I can tell you straight up that we won't be announcing a new jail by Oct. 1," said Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), president of the commissioners.
Whether or not to rescind the jail tax or to lower its rate is up to the Jennings County Council, the fiduciary body that enacted the tax last year, not the commissioners. The board of commissioners, however, is the body that decided two years ago to begin the procedure to plan a new jail, stipulating that the total cost of planning and construction not exceed $28 million.
The review and signing of claims is usually a mundane, cut-and-dry procedure - "the boring part," as Matt Sporleder describes it - at the semimonthly meetings of the Jennings County Board of Commissioners.
The Jennings County High School girls golf squad scored its first two victories of the year Monday. The Lady Panthers won the fifth-player tiebreaker over host Batesville. Both Jennings County and the Bulldogs had a 228 total in the 9-hole contest at Hillcrest Country Club while Milan turned in a 259. The low four scores count in the team total.
Adam Sennett of the Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department accepts a gift from Lois Danforth at the Autumn Trace Senior Communities center in North Vernon Tuesday. The facility also treated Jennings County emergency personnel to lunch in appreciation of all they do for the community. "These men and women are our heroes," said Patty Wheeler of the Autumn Trace staff.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer