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June 18, 2014

Fire rate issue could be extinguished

A disagreement concerning Duke, Whitestown and the county could be resolved, pending county approval.

The Whitestown Town Council approved Tuesday night, June 10, an interlocal agreement with the county and the Boone County Redevelopment Commission concerning the Anson fire rate issue.

When Whitestown annexed Anson, the Worth Township Fire Services rate was eliminated. That rate should have been replaced in the collection process by the Whitestown Fire rate, which did not happen. As a result, Duke has been collecting less money to pay back outstanding bonds than they expected in previous years.

Town Manager Dax Norton said the agreement states that Whitestown should be paying for that shortfall.

"Duke counted on that fire rate as part of the (Tax Increment Financing) funds to pay for those bonds," Norton said. "When the fire rate went away, it reduced their ability to pay those bonds. This basically says that Whitestown should be the one responsible to pay for those bonds. What we are saying is that we agree, and we'll make the payment for that shortfall."

Norton said the town would pay nearly $10 million over the next 20 years.

Town attorney Chris Janak said recent estimates show many people in Worth Township will hit the property tax cap.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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