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Unique Chance to Find Out Where Local Government Heading

Unique Chance to Find Out Where Local Government Heading

Video conference this week features Purdue ag economist.

Larry DeBoer doesn't pretend to know everything there is to know about local government financing. But it's safe to say he understands the in's and out's better than the common person. You'll have a chance to hear what he has to say about state and local government finance later this week.

De Boer is doing a live Webcast entitle 'On Local Government' on Thursday, May 20 for 2 p.m. to 4"30 p.m., EDT. It's sponsored by the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. You can view his presentation live via video streaming at several local county Extension offices.

Here are the counties that will be carrying the program in the Extension office.. They include Allen, Bartholomew, Clark, Dearborn, Decatur, Floyd, Fountain, Hendricks, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Tippecanoe and White. In Greene County, you can view the program at the Greene County Community Learning Center.

If you can't attend one of these sessions in person, thanks to modern technology, you can view it live online at: gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/r20107228. If you need information, check out this Website: www.ag.purdue.edu/extension/ecd/local?Pages/finance.aspx.

The program is free, and should be of interest not only to farmers and ag business folk, but to local and county government officials. You're asked to register by Tuesday, May 18, if possible, by calling the county Extension office where you intend to watch the program.

Word about the program is actually being distributed not only by Purdue's traditional media sources, but by Katrina Hall, tax specialist for Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Her business is knowing how legislative and executive action by the governor affect taxpayers, and how those in turn affect local communities.

DeBoer intends to talk about the state budget, reassess the results of property tax billling this year, and discuss results of referendums that were held, primarily for local schools during the May primary voting. Surprisingly, more passed than failed, although two rural schools, Western Boone and Eastern Hancock, say they'll have to make deep cuts after the referendum to allow those schools to use property tax money to raise the general fund were defeated.

No registration is required to log on-line and get the program from your own PC. Even if you forget to pre-register, Extension educators encourage you to try to attend the meeting. Since its planting season, and the weather is in an active pattern right now, it may be a last-minute decision as to whether you can attend.

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