State legislators shed some light on issues that were discussed during the most recent General Assembly session — other than the same-sex marriage amendment, which was given a lot of attention. State Reps. Tim Brown (R- Crawfordsville) and Jeff Thompson (R - Lizton) and State Sens. Mike Delph (R - Carmel) and Phil Boots (R - Crawfordsville) met with local residents Saturday morning, March 15, to discuss bills that were and weren't passed during the legislative session. Delph told attendees not to mistake time spent on an issue with how much media coverage that issue receives. "HJR-3 (the same-sex marriage constitutional ban) was something that was going to be covered regardless of what we did and was going to be a top priority no matter what we did," he said. Delph spoke about tax reforms where the senate cut the corporate income tax rate to 4.9 percent; the reduction will be phased in over six years. The senate also approved a measure that allows local governments the option to cut the business personal property tax. "The reason why we've chosen this way and given locals the flexibility to adopt the phase-out of the business personal property tax is that we've been told by those that go out and try to bring companies to Indiana, the corporate tax rate is something those companies look at," Delph said. "By doing this, I believe Indiana will be positioned well to go out into the marketplace and bring more jobs to Indiana." Boots agreed, saying the personal property tax is a driving force for many corporations looking to come to Indiana. "In several counties, the personal property tax is not an issue because it's not a main source of revenue," Boots said. "Some people are highly impacted. There's now a dynamic that we allow local governments to decide that and decide how they will impact themselves." See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- Plan Commission recommends approval for downtown study The downtown parking study and market analysis is one approval away from being added to the town's comprehensive plan.
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- Zionsville local is crowned Miss Boone County Rachel Miller of Zionsville was crowned 2014 Miss Boone County 4-H Fair on Sunday, July 13. The 2013 Miss Boone County, Kate Emmert, was at the Witham Health Services Pavilion on the 4-H Fairgrounds to pass off her crown to Miller.
- Work set to begin on summer projects The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees, at it's Monday, July 14, meeting, approved all summer construction projects and purchases for the corporation.
ZFD Knocks Down Fire
The Zionsville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 7880 Circle Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night, July 9.
VIDEO: Fourth of July celebration fills Lions Park
Residents swarmed into Lions Park for Zionsville's Fourth of July celebration. The event included a watermelon eating contest, food, a kids area with inflatables, music, and of course, fireworks.
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