WARSAW — The Kosciusko County Council kicked the new year off with a bang as they approved over $2 million in requests at its first meeting of 2018.
“The good news is that all the transfers and everything we’ve done tonight, we’ve only moved grant money and we’ve only done things that are not taxes that we have collected from our people,” stated newly appointed Kosciusko County Council President Sue Ann Mitchell. “Yes, it’s money that someone else has paid, but the good news is that we are not starting to eat into our 2018 budget with all of these adjustments.”
However, a hefty portion of the approved funds was designated to the county highway department who requested $1.851 million. The highway’s biggest request came in as an additional appropriation of $1.595 million “due to the Community Crossing Matching Grant Fund that was awarded to the county.” The funds will finance the CR 900N project, running for around seven and a half miles between SR 15 and SR 19. The project will resurface the road and “will probably take off in May this year.”
The department requested an additional $256,142.78 for the LOIT special distribution. “That’s the remaining part of the 75 percent that we had to expand the roads we received a couple of years ago,” explained Scott Tilden.
While the highway department took up $1.851 million of the $2.3 million requested, Community Corrections requested $70,479.63 for user fees, $1,859.53 for a home detention officer grants and $30,000 for Problem Solving Court fees. The prosecutors office requested a $85,550 grant for teen court while the county auditor requested $59,883.40 for the Fire District 2 Training Center and other services.
In other news:
- Mitchell was elected the new president of the Kosciusko Council.
- The board approved a policy allowing the auditor to waive tax penalties.