More than $80,000 in back taxes has been collected from area homeowners who inaccurately claimed a homestead credit exemption on their property taxes. Homestead credit applies only to “the principle residence” of the homeowner, according to state law. Only one exemption is allowed per home owner. “We will collect a little more with fall collections,” County Auditor Deanna Willhoite said. A state law this year allowed county auditors to review their homestead exemption rosters for up to three previous years, and collect back taxes from anyone who claimed more than one of the deductions. The money goes into a special fund that can only be used for the cost of recovery efforts, preparing notices, and some other expenses related to the office of auditor, Willhoite said. Willhoite opted to go back only one year, she told the Boone County Council Tuesday, while asking for an additional $34,000 to pay the consulting firm Maximus for a review of the records. Maximus was hired by previous auditor Melody Price, Willhoite said. “The reports came back this year; they found quite a few people who had more than one homestead exemption,” Willhoite said Wednesday. ”We removed that exemption, then went back one year and billed them for an additional year.” she said. About 200 homeowners in Boone have not clarified their homestead exemption, Willhoite said. They have until Dec. 31 to do so, or lose the deduction. Willhoite’s decision to go only a year back was criticized by two council members. “Everyone had ample notification they did or did not have a homestead exemption,” Councilman Gene Thompson said. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.
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It has been 17 months since Anita Wernsing, 78, was killed by a run-away driver. Neither her family, nor local law enforcement agencies, have forgotten Wernsing nor given up the search for the person who ran her down at about 6 p.m. Nov. 25, 2012, on Indiana 267 in Fayette, a few dozen feet from her home.
- Voter registration open through April 7 Boone County Clerk Penny Bogan said first-time voters, or those who need to change their address or review their voter registration information, have several options.
- ConAgra moving Lebanon warehouse to Frankfort ConAgra Foods will move a distribution center from Lebanon to Frankfort, leaving behind a 480,000-square-foot building that local officials hope will be quickly leased to a new tenant. About 150 people work at the Lebanon ConAgra facility; their jobs will be moved to Frankfort.
- County to enforce 'frost law' road restrictions Vehicles weighing more than 12 tons are banned from county roads through May 1, but exemptions will be granted to school buses and propane delivery trucks. Farmers can expect to be granted waivers if they need to haul grain or move feed to livestock, and other exemptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Paperwork challenge removes candidate from surveyor's race Jonathan E. Hause,105 N. Meridian St., Lebanon, a Republican party candidate for Boone County Surveyor, has been removed from the May 6 primary ballot because of three letters following his signature on his candidacy declaration.
- Applegate seeks re-election Union Township resident, Marc Applegate, has announced his intention seek re-election for Boone County Commissioner, District One, in the May 2014 Republican primary.
- Americana Bar & Grill open in Lebanon LEBANON -- A new locally owned restaurant, Americana Bar & Grill, opened Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1206 W. South St. in Lebanon. Warehouse Bar & Grille, previously in that location, closed last year and the staff disbursed. Co-owners Jennifer Bowman and
- Pickup driver injured in collision with train JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man survived a Wednesday morning collision between his Ford Ranger pickup and a CSX freight train at the same crossing where two women died in an August 2011 accident.
- Humane Society gains land for county shelter The Humane Society for Boone County got just what it was hoping for at its first-ever Fur Ball fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 22. The fundraiser was held to raise money so the shelter-less society could eventually build a home. Not only did it surpass its $20,000 fundraising goal at the event, the society also accepted a very special donation — 6.2 acres of land on which to build.
- Duke preparing to expand Anson business district Initial plans for a mass drainage and grading project that will open another section of Anson to development were approved by the Boone County Drainage Board Tuesday, Feb. 18.
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