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Public safety tax topic of discussion in Iroquois County

Iroquois County residents buying items in neighboring counties are helping to pay for public safety in those counties. So, why shouldn’t people visiting and buying goods in Iroquois County return the favor ?

That’s a common-sense question when it comes to the pressing need of Iroquois County needing revenue to maintain services. And yet, some decision-makers insist on their thought of “no new taxes.”

The Iroquois County Board has a decision to make (Tuesday). Either allow voters to decide in a November referendum whether to impose a sales tax for public safety, or continue to wonder where new revenues come from.

The question is always there, for local taxpayers. Why are you willing to pay that tax when you visit other counties to spend money but you refuse to have people coming here pay the same tax to support our need for public safety ?

The Iroquois County Board Finance committee is reluctant to place the matter on the November ballot, where it’s failed twice before. The full County Board will have to decide the matter. And it must be done and certified in the County Clerk’s office by August 25th to make it to the November 8 ballot.

A group of county leaders, including Sheriff Derek Hagen, are in favor of letting the voters decide. Business and civic leaders have also expressed support for allowing the matter to go to voters.

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Government agencies struggle with budget plans

City/village/township/county governmental leaders are pencil-pushing and head-scratching in trying to find direction for FY 17 budgets.

Finance planners are always in search of a better bottom-line, but the state’s battle without a budget for 10-months plus delayed al sorts of reimbursement payments to local government. Now, still waiting for those state funds, local governmental leaders are strapped with a shortage.

Municipal and county officials are struggling to find new means of revenue.

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Newton County home destroyed by fire

A Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed a home in Newton County. Brook Fire chief Kyle Conrad said it appeared to electrical in nature. The homeowner had left for short time and returned home to find the room where her air-conditioner was located on fire.

The Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call just before 3 pm.

Karen Seymour’s children were not at home during the fire. Most of the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The home was considered a total loss. No one was injured.
Thirty-seven firefighters from the Brook, Goodland, Morocco and Kentland fire departments responded. Firemen were at the scene for six hours.

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Benton County identifies fatal crash victim

The victim in a fatal crash south of Fowler, Indiana last week has been identified as 19-year-old Ali Abdullah Aljarodi

He was originally from Saudi Arabia but moved to Arizona to attend school, according to the Coroner’s office.
Authorities reported Aljarodi was traveling through the area to visit with his girlfriend, who was also injured in the accident. Dacey Marji is in critical condition in an Indianapolis hospital.

Police said thei two collided with another car at the intersection of 300 South and South Meridian Road.

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Gunfire in Kankakee, no arrest, no injuries on W. Station Street

Kankakee Police detectives are investigating a shooting incident on W. Station Street Wednesday afternoon. Reports of up to a dozen shots rang out in the 300-block. No one was hit by the gunfire, but one person was hit by a car during the suspect’s get-away.
The search for the gunman continues.

Kankakee Police also reported a second shooting (Wednesday) on South Nelson Avenue.

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