Indiana Governor Mike Pence talked about the impact of agriculture on the Hoosier economy Thursday. The governor was in Benton County at Buchanan Farm.
Pence met with members of the community talking about a broad range of topics. A question and answer session took direct focus on the impact of agriculture on the state's economy.
There was concern expressed about the need to lower property taxes on farmland. It was pointed out taxes have more than doubled in the last 10 years and it appears the numbers are going even higher.
One farmer pointed to where you could have up to $70 per acre in some communities, which typically out-paces most classified and zoned properties in the state of Indiana. Pence responded saying he supports easing tax burdens for farmers and understands the concerns.
It was pointed out during discussion of the income tax formula, as it applies to agriculture and the appreciation in farmland values, the income formula has been outpaced by the land appreciation.
Former Countryside and Momence Police Chief Tim Swanson, who's serving a 27-month prison term, now appears to have lost his $100,000 a year police pension. The Countryside Police Pension Board is moving to strip Swanson of the pension benefits.
Swanson is serving his 27-year prison term and then has to repay some $300,000 in restitution and fines, once released from custody.
Swanson admitted to stealing money from a police non-profit organization. He's been in a court battle to keep his six-figure annual pension, arguing since pleading guilty to tax charges connected to the pilfered-funds, his crime was a personal act, not connected to his job as a police official.
An Indiana State Police Trooper was seriously injured Wednesday when his squad-car was hit by a semi when he attempted to make a U-turn.
25-year-old Trooper Brant Goubeaux was west bound on State Road 10 in Jasper County when he decided to make a U-turn to follow a vehicle that had violated the law. According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, Goubeaux is an almost-one year veteran of the department.