Revenue shortfalls are making it more difficult for Indiana municipalities to provide the services and amenities residents expect.
Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Executive Director Matthew Greller says the problems are due to the slow economic recovery, state imposed property tax caps, and less revenue from the cigarette and gas taxes.
He says despite these issues, officials remain under pressure to keep providing services and even expand them.
Greller says local governments need to be able to decide for themselves the best way to address budget shortfalls.
Many of the nation’s best spellers are in the Washington, D.C. area this week. They are the 281 students taking part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, including Ted Tobias who won the Lafayette regional competition.
The 8th grader from Kankakee Valley Middle School in Wheatfield says some of his favorite words to spell are Japanese.
“Because they’re usually short and follow rules,” he says. “The English language – we don’t follow any rules. We always have exceptions.”