A loss for Elkhart County

If you ever wondered why Indiana is referred to as a “flyover state” and part of the “rust belt,” look no further than the feckless decision by the Elkhart County Council to unanimously turn down Dr. Wait’s hard-won $3 million grant. We just got booted back into the dark ages.

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Joe King

Read the comments...typical GOP cannot debate the facts or the science...they only attack the person.... This is why they are on the wrong side of history

sidearm

Care to defend what is happening under Biden? You are so blinded by rage at anything conservative you continually make a Joke of yourself. Sitting here in Florida, which has one of the lowest daily infection rates in the country today, economy humming along because of GOP leadership. Then there is California, helping create shortages, raising all prices because their Woke leadership won’t allow non Union truck drivers into the ports. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants streaming across our borders with no medical checks. Your party will pay big time Joe but unfortunately the poor, the old and disabled will have a tough time deciding on heat or food this winter. Your people caused this problem Joe, own it !!

sidearm

Oh, I forgot, Florida accomplished this with zero mandates.

Joe King

your comments do not relate with data, science, and the cdc. Please stop listening to the my pillow guy....its embarrassing...

fire111

Just a few observations on Joann Smith's post. To start off.... the $3 million grant was to educate 3 specific segments of Elkhart County's population! Do we really believe the black, brown, and Amish can't discern their own healthcare. How demeaning? The Hispanic community has had numerous meetings, numerous clinics numerous vaccine drives! Blacks are well informed as are the Amish. Very strange! Here is my thought on the solar farm! 850 acres of prime northern Indiana farm land would be forever lost! Although the owners of this property would have been MULTI millionaires! Prime land according to purdue.edu is worth $9000 + an acre! Hey fill up the vacant land at Goshen airport. Goshen could lease for years! Now the Amazon argument. WOW! All we hear is Elkhart county needs to diversify! But no not if it's that terrible Amazon and that funny looking bald headed guy! Ranked by Forbes magazine in 2020 as the best corp to work for! 2021 #4. I can't imagine a workforce of 875,000 employees working there if it's such a terrible company! Now that tax thingy. Yep ! Under all legal tax standards and laws they did not pay taxes at the end of the year! By LAW they did not pay! Remember property tax incentives may be full or partial. Very seldom are they a full exemption! Joann is correct that Amazon will get tax breaks she isn't allowed. That's because she is comparing apples and oranges. But Joann gets property tax relief in ways Amazon does not. Amazon will be taxed at 3 times the rate that Joann pays on her property! 1% on residential... 3% on commercial and industry. It's the law in Indiana! It's in the state constitution! Then Joann gets a mortgage exemption if she has a mortgage, she gets the standard homestead deduction, if she lives in the property, she gets a supplemental deduction! She can get more deductions like disability or over age limit! Business and industry don't get those!

fire111

Just adding to my post for Joe and Joann.... Catch 22! Remember the song by Joni Mitchell in 1970, "Big Yellow Taxi"? Sure you do! The main lyric was " they paved paradise and put up a parking lot"! She was protesting then , 50 years ago! Little has changed in our world . This solar company wanted to do exactly what Mitchell was protesting! Just build these solar farms where you are not killing farm land. 850 acres here and 850 acres there.... pretty soon top grade farm property does not exist! Crops aren't grown a people suffer. There are a myriad of old decrepit useless steel buildings setting empty in Elkhart county. Along with that comes acreage. Airports are nothing but open acres! Brown fields also could qualify! Same end game and everyone wins!

Cheryl W.

I agree Joann. Next opportunity to change the make up of this group - I sure hope the people remember their terrible decisions.

sidearm

Well Joan you can always pack your stuff and move to one of your woke big cities run to ground by your liberal left friends. I won’t miss you.

Cheryl W.

I couldn't agree more Sandy. Thank you Dr. Wait!

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