Tippecanoe County

Inheritance tax phase out costing counties money

Jul 30, 2012

Tippecanoe County is bracing for the loss of a revenue source.

The county is preparing as the state begins to phase out the inheritance tax.

The tax is reduced ten percent for each of the next nine years.

Eventually the county no longer will receive that money.

Treasurer Bob Plantenga says this could result in losing hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is designating more Indiana counties a disaster area due to the ongoing drought.

The additional 14 counties are: Blackford, Boone, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Henry, Madison, Montgomery, Rush, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and White.

Farmers and ranchers in each of those counties, and ones contiguous to them, are available for federal disaster assistance, such as low-interest loans.

Burn ban to remain in place

Jul 2, 2012

There’s no chance the ban on private fireworks displays will be lifted before the Fourth of July.

That’s according to Tippecanoe Emergency Management Agency director Smokey Anderson.

He says conditions are still too dry, despite the rain in the area over the weekend.

Anderson says public fireworks displays will still be allowed, as long as organizers have the proper permits.

He says the burn ban will remain in place beyond the holiday, because it also prohibits open fires.

Tippecanoe County bans fireworks indefinitely

Jun 28, 2012

Dry weather is forcing Tippecanoe County to extend its restrictions on fireworks.

The commission signed a measure banning the use of those explosives indefinitely.

President Tom Murtaugh says, however, that public fireworks shows can go on.

The ban went into effect this afternoon.

State law normally allows private displays of fireworks starting June 29th, but Murtaugh says the commission is able to supersede that law with its restrictions, because it’s considered an emergency situation.

Tippecanoe & Clinton counties issue mandatory burn ban

Jun 18, 2012

Tippecanoe and Clinton counties have issued a mandatory ban on open fires until further notice.

Officials say, despite the weekend rain, the area is still under moderate drought conditions as determined by the National Weather Service.

The Tippecanoe Emergency Management Agency is warning residents that the smallest ember can result in a massive fire, such as those seen in Buck Creek last week. Those brush fires are thought to have been brought on by sparks from a passing train.

Results of homelessness study to be shared today

Jun 18, 2012

The Corporation for Supportive Housing will reveal its plan today for solving chronic homelessness in Tippecanoe County.

A meeting is set for two o’clock at Lafayette’s Jefferson High School.

The national nonprofit group spent last week gathering input from residents, lawmakers, social service providers, and faith-based organizations.

The local group Solutions Beyond Shelter will be responsible for bringing together these stakeholders to carry out the action items.

The goal of the plan is to bring an end to homelessness in Tippecanoe County by 2022.

Local unemployment rises in May, steady statewide

Jun 15, 2012

Unemployment is up by more than one-percent in West Lafayette compared to a month prior.

The city’s rate was 5.3-percent in May compared to 4.2 in April.

Lafayette is experiencing a similar trend, but not as drastic.

There, the unemployment jumped from 7.4 in April to 7.8 last month.

Tippecanoe County as a whole in May was at seven-percent, more than a half-of-a-percent more than in April.

Statewide, the unemployment rate remained unchanged during that time at 7.9-percent.

That’s three tenths less than the national average.

Tippecanoe prepares long term transportation plan

May 23, 2012

Tippecanoe County’s long term transportation plan is close to finalization.

The transportation committee expects to bring the document in front of the Area Plan Commission next month for approval.

Assistant Director of Transportation Planning John Thomas says this is the sixth update to the plan, which outlines projects through 2040, but says this one is more focused on pedestrian and bike travel.

There is more than $1.6-billion worth of projects identified in the plan.

Thomas says there is only about $138-million in guaranteed federal funds for them. 

Local, state unemployment rates drop

May 18, 2012

Tippecanoe County’s unemployment rate for April is almost one-percent better than the previous month.

It dropped from 7.2-percent in March to 6.4 last month.

The city of Lafayette improved to 7.3-percent in April.

West Lafayette’s rate fell six-tenths to 4.2.

That falls in line with what’s happening throughout the state.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in three years at 7.9-percent.

Early voting before Tuesday's election has ended and turnout in Tippecanoe County is lower than the last presidential and midterm Primaries.

According to the county clerk’s office, 4,794 people cast a ballot over the past few weeks. That includes 3,851 taking a Republican ballot and 942 choosing Democrat.

That’s a little more than half of the record turnout during the 2008 Primary, which featured a still contested race between senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.