Tippecanoe County http://wbaa.org en Tippecanoe County Officials Looking At Long-Range Forecast Before Setting 2015 Budget http://wbaa.org/post/tippecanoe-county-officials-looking-long-range-forecast-setting-2015-budget <p>In advance of budget hearings later this summer to establish a spending plan for 2015, Tippecanoe County officials are looking at the long-range economic forecast.</p><p>Financial consultant Greg Guerrettaz says while the county has kept its head above water during recent tight financial times, there could be tougher times ahead.</p><p>He expects little if any growth in revenue, but potentially large increases in expenses such as health care and fuel and electricity.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:58:46 +0000 Kristin Malavenda 63269 at http://wbaa.org Tippecanoe County Officials Looking At Long-Range Forecast Before Setting 2015 Budget Tippecanoe County seeing decrease in number of juveniles arrested http://wbaa.org/post/tippecanoe-county-seeing-decrease-number-juveniles-arrested <p>Tippecanoe County is seeing a significant decrease in the number of juveniles being arrested.</p><p>Youth Services executive director Rebecca Humphrey says 1,031 youth were arrested in 2010, compared to 883 in 2013.</p><p>That’s a 14.4% drop.</p><p>And Humphrey says 51% fewer juveniles are being held in secure detention, which saves the county money.</p><p>The data is being compiled as part of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative which the county has been a part of since 2008.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:53:01 +0000 Kristin Malavenda 53954 at http://wbaa.org Tippecanoe Co elevates travel advisory http://wbaa.org/post/tippecanoe-co-elevates-travel-advisory <p>Tippecanoe County again has raised the level of its travel advisory.</p><p>Officials have issued a Warning due to road conditions.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Warning means all roadways are closed to non-emergency vehicles and personnel.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Warning is in effect until further notice.</span></p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:47:00 +0000 Mike Loizzo 51812 at http://wbaa.org WL property owners begin paying stormwater fee http://wbaa.org/post/wl-property-owners-begin-paying-stormwater-fee <p>The New Year means a new fee for West Lafayette residents.</p><p>It’s being assessed on homes and businesses to <a href="http://www.westlafayette.in.gov/egov/docs/1383591969_759490.pdf">address stormwater issues</a>, such as flooding and pollution run-off to the Wabash River.</p><p>Mayor John Dennis says the fee is needed to meet federal and state environmental requirements.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:00:40 +0000 Mike Loizzo 51656 at http://wbaa.org Widespread storm damage reported in Tippecanoe County http://wbaa.org/post/widespread-storm-damage-reported-tippecanoe-county <p>Nearly 12,000 Duke Energy customers in Tippecanoe County remain without power this morning, after a series of strong storms swept through the area yesterday.</p><p>Tipmont REMC is still working to restore power to a few thousand homes.</p><p>Heavy rain and high winds brought down trees and power lines and caused damage to homes, schools, and businesses.</p><p>Much of the destruction occurred in the southern portion of Tippecanoe County.</p><p>Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School each sustained significant damage, although no injuries were reported.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:26:14 +0000 Kristin Malavenda 49268 at http://wbaa.org Lafayette area sustains damage from strong storms http://wbaa.org/post/lafayette-area-sustains-damage-strong-storms <p>The strong storms and high winds that moved through the Greater-Lafayette area earlier brought with them power outages and damage to the southern part of Tippecanoe County.</p><p>The Tippecanoe School Corporation has confirmed damage to Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye (min TAW nee) Elementary School. The nature and extent is not known, but there were no injuries reported.</p><p>A company on US 52, south of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway sustained heavy damage. A portion of Voestalpine Rotec was essentially destroyed. No known injuries have been reported in that case, either.</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:19:14 +0000 Kristin Malavenda 49244 at http://wbaa.org County Council approves 2014 budget http://wbaa.org/post/county-council-approves-2014-budget <p>The 2014 budget for Tippecanoe County has received final approval from the council.</p><p>The spending plan is roughly $1.5-million more than the current year.</p><p>Much of that increase is going toward stipends for employees.</p><p>Full-time workers will receive an extra $1,000, while regular part-timers will get a bonus of $800.</p><p>There remains a gap of a little more than $700,000 between estimated revenues and expenses.</p><p>Council president Roland Winger says that will be covered by cash reserves.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:57:59 +0000 Kristin Malavenda 46794 at http://wbaa.org County could restrict use of fireworks http://wbaa.org/post/county-could-restrict-use-fireworks <p>Tippecanoe County commissioners this morning will review rules for setting off fireworks.</p><p>Currently, it’s legal to use the devices any day of the year outside the Lafayette and West Lafayette city limits.</p><p>But officials are expected to consider an ordinance that would limit the use to match the state’s guidelines — June 29th through July 9<sup>th</sup>, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.</p><p>Commissioners say the move is in response to complaints by constituents.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:04:53 +0000 Kristin Malavenda 42095 at http://wbaa.org Tippecanoe Co assessor staff using county owned car "heavily" http://wbaa.org/post/tippecanoe-co-assessor-staff-using-county-owned-car-heavily <p>The Tippecanoe County assessor is going to ask for additional cars for her staff during the upcoming budget cycle.</p><p>Linda Phillips asked for three cars earlier this year, but the county council only approved buying one.</p><p>Members asked her to bring back data to show it was less expensive than reimbursing employees for mileage. That update is planned for next month.</p><p>Phillips says the operating cost of the one car used now is far less than paying mileage. She says the two additional cars she requested are needed for next year’s cyclical reassessment.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:36:52 +0000 Mike Loizzo 41458 at http://wbaa.org Tippecanoe Co to set aside surplus funds for roads, bridges and drains http://wbaa.org/post/tippecanoe-co-set-aside-surplus-funds-roads-bridges-and-drains <p>Tippecanoe County officials are close to solidifying minimum fund balances as they prepare to craft a new budget.</p><p>Members of the commission and council met with the county’s financial planner Thursday to fine tune their strategy.</p><p>Council President Roland Winger says taxpayers should know that the minimum balances they agree on are flexible.</p><p>“It’s not saying that we lawfully can’t go under that level if there’s some kind of emergency need. It’s a minimum target balance.”</p><p>He also says they don’t want to get down to the amount if the need is not there.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:46:47 +0000 Mike Loizzo 40819 at http://wbaa.org