During Monday’s county commissioner meeting, a number of individuals representing various entities and organizations that have received monetary support from the county in the past requested that during the approaching budget sessions, the county leaders once again consider their funding request.
Peggy Cenova Regional Director from ISBDC said that during the past year, the Indiana Small Business Center was instrumental in the start-up of two new local businesses that translated into 18 new employments locally. She also said that the ISBDC participated in four local events and is in hopes that the county will continue to support the small business efforts.
Cliff Strachman Executive Director of Shares, Inc., a division of McGraw Industries, said in recent years, the county has help subsidize the organizations efforts and he requested that as budget time nears, the county leaders consider providing monies once again. According to Strachman, the 2013–14 Rush County budget provided $50,000 in funding for Shares Inc. Shares is a private not-for-profit agency with locations in Rush, Shelby and Hancock counties and is not only instrumental in the lives of individuals with disabilities, but also a vital part of the county. According to Strachman, through training and workshops, associates at Shares obtain training and as a result, roughly 30 Shares associates have been placed in local businesses.
He continued by saying that in recent years, the work load at the company has slowed although they maintain a working relationships with two local businesses to provide work at Copeland and Trane as well as other companies outside the county.
In other unrelated matters, county treasure Cindy Humphrey provided her department’s monthly report and comparison of figures from 2013. Humphrey said that the recent spring tax collection netted the county more than $647,000 from the same time period a year earlier. She added that currently there are roughly 107 properties that have not paid property taxes and they have until July 1 to do so until they will be added to the tax-sale list. Humphrey continued by saying that it is hoped some of those delinquent tax monies will be forth coming in the coming weeks.