Elkhart County cities, schools and other governmental units to lose $42.63 million to tax caps in 2014
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance reports that Elkhart County, the seven towns and cities, the 16 townships, the seven school districts, the six library systems and other Elkhart County taxing units will lose $42.63 million to tax caps in 2014. That’s an 17.2 percent increase, or $6.26 million, from $36.37 million in 2013.
Financial support needed for dredging plans on Simonton Lake
The Simonton Lake Area Homeowners Association is seeking donations for a dredging project on Simonton Lake. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources approved the plans, and the association has received a $200,000 grant for the project through the Indiana Lake and River Enhancement fund. However, the estimated cost of the project is close to $500,000, and the organization is relying on donations.
Bontrager's memory cycles on in ADEC bike fundraiser
ADEC serves people with disabilities, and the ADEC Ride-a-Bike is the agency’s biggest annual fundraiser. Around 200 people participated in a variety of activities for the event, which is in its 42nd year. However, its longtime organizer Larry Bontrager died of cancer in February. He was the vice president of development and oversaw the event for 15 years. Many family members took up his responsibilities and even participated in the race.
Former Goshen College student named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list
Former Goshen College student James “J” Sider has been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for the third year in a row, alongside the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. Sider is the founder and CEO of BandPage, a website that connects musicians with their fans. Sider was diagnosed with lymphoma when he was 19, and he decided follow his dreams and launch the startup after his cancer went into remission in 2005.
Power outages expected to be restored by noon Sunday
Power is expected to be fully restored to downtown South Bend by noon Sunday, May 18, according to a press release by Indiana Michigan Power. An underground fire Thursday night, May 15, seriously damaged power circuits in underground vaults that house part of South Bend’s electric grid. Utility workers were forced to shut down power to the area.