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By the slimmest of margins, Tippecanoe County’s needle exchange program will survive for at least one more year.

A 2-1 vote by the county commissioners Monday came down only after Commissioner David Byers – who’d declined for weeks to state his stance publicly – voted in favor of a continuance.

Byers says he was swayed by talking to other commissioners at a recent state conference and by listening closely to public comment at Monday’s meeting from those who are unhappy about the exchange operating in a residential neighborhood in Lafayette.

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The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission appears poised to approve new rules governing where self-storage facilities may be built and what happens inside of them.

The APC will consider a proposal at a meeting this week which would bar such facilities from being built on land currently zoned for agricultural use.

County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh helped spearhead the ordinance and says it comes out of a permit denial for land next to a creek on the far eastern edge of Lafayette.

Lafayette, Tippecanoe County Leaders Move To Enact Transgender Protections

Sep 7, 2016
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Both the Tippecanoe County Commissioners and the Lafayette City Council voted Tuesday to add protections for the transgender community to existing human rights ordinances.

The commissioners must still vote once more this month to make their move final, but the Lafayette vote was the last in what's been a charged debate.

After a lengthy and spirited public debate, the Lafayette City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an amendment adding gender identity protections to the city’s human relations ordinance.

GREEN VS. WHITE

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As if there aren’t enough orange construction barrels on Indiana roads, drivers should brace for more.

Repairing roads was the priority this year when state lawmakers voted to return local income tax dollars to cities, towns and counties across the state.

How The Cash Can Be Spent

Seventy-five percent of the money must be spent on roads.

Lawmakers allowed local governments to spend the remaining quarter of the money they’re getting back on a non-road project or to put it away for future use.

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Hoosiers changed the way property taxes are calculated, says Tippecanoe County Auditor Bob Plantenga, when voters in 2009 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment setting permanent limits on all property taxes.

The total tax bill on residential property can’t exceed 1-percent of the home’s gross assessed value.

Tax bills on rental units, Ag land and long-term care facilities can’t exceed 2-percent of the value. The limit for business and industry is 3-percent.

Tippecanoe County Commissioners Debate 2016 Pay Raises

May 4, 2015
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The Tippecanoe County Commissioners are recommending a two-percent raise for county employees in 2016.

The pay hike will cost the county roughly $350,000.

Commissioner Dave Byers voted against the two-percent increase, because he believes county employees deserve more.

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An initially controversial rezone in Tippecanoe County has been approved by county commissioners.

In April, the Area Plan Commission advised against rezoning land just west of Battle Ground Middle School to allow development of high density housing.

The rezone was largely opposed by neighbors as well, who were concerned about the number of homes being proposed for the land and the drainage problems they might cause.

The request was tabled at last month’s commissioners meeting to give the developer a chance to address these issues.

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New animal control ordinances are in place for the city of Lafayette and the unincorporated portions of Tippecanoe County.

Review of the existing ordinances was prompted by different reasons in the two municipalities, but the goal of the new policies is the same: to keep the pet population healthy and at a manageable level.

West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County have finalized plans to fund Amtrak’s Hoosier State Line for one year. The city will pay $16,667 a month and the county’s share is $25,000 a month.

Mayor John Dennis says the agreement creates an oversight board made-up of the state and communities funding the service.

Fireworks restrictions planned for Tippecanoe Co

Jul 15, 2013

The Tippecanoe County Commission will consider restrictions on when people may set off fireworks.

Commissioner Tom Murtaugh says he’s been hearing complaints from residents living outside the Lafayette and West Lafayette city limits. He says those are about noise and fireworks landing in people’s yards.

Murtaugh says the proposal will be similar to the two cities, which prohibit fireworks except for a few days before and after the 4th of July and on New Year’s Eve. Those times are set aside as allowable by state law.

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