By Valerie Werkmeister
Posey County leaders were given an opportunity to express pride for their respective communities and projects during the annual State of Posey County luncheon held at the Ribeyre Gymnasium Annex in New Harmony last Wednesday.
The event was sponsored by the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce and included Bruce Baker, President of the Poseyville Town Council; Joe Straw, New Harmony Town Council President; John Tucker, Mount Vernon City Council President; Carl Schmitz, Posey County Commissioner President; Alan Blackburn, Vice President of the Posey County Council and John Taylor, Director of the Posey County Economic Development Partnership.
Baker was chosen as the first speaker. He expressed his enthusiasm for his role in local government.
“Local government provides more of the day-to-day services for the quality of life of our residents than any other part of the government and I think everybody needs to know that. We do it with less funds. We have it in our heart to do it,” Baker said.
He also expressed concern over what the outcome will be in regards to the business property tax issue. Baker said his town council has decided to place ‘things on hold’ until state legislators make a decision.
He added that the loss of this tax equates to a one-quarter loss in the general budget for Poseyville.
“They’ve talked about replacing it. I don’t know where they’re going to get it but I hope they do because it’s going to cause problems for schools, counties, towns and cities if they don’t,” Baker said.
Baker noted that Poseyville has experienced some growth north of town and as a result, utilities were extended. He said the town is poised and ready for future growth.
“We’re proud of what we’ve done in Poseyville and we want to continue to grow,” Baker said.
Joe Straw was next in line to speak. He informed the group that New Harmony is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year which kicked off with a special New Year’s Eve party at the Granary.
A number of special events and activities are planned throughout the year to celebrate the historical town. A 10-day celebration is planned August 1-10 and will feature a parade, children’s activities, 5K run, musicians, picnic, concert and other events. A calendar of events has been created on the town’s website: www.newharmony-in.gov and appears under the Bicentennial Events Calendar tab.
Items are being collected for a time capsule that will be buried in the lawn at the New Harmony Workingman’s Institute in December. The time capsule won’t be opened for another 100 years.
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