Quorum Court passes resolution opposing tax distribution

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Though the need for it was negated a day later, the Van Buren County Quorum Court unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to a new distribution of tax money the Legislature was considering.

South Side Principal Travis Love asked the justices of the peace to consider making official their opposition to “any legislation that would take a school district’s tax money and distribute it elsewhere,” the resolution read.

The Legislature did not approve the bill.

Also at last week’s Quorum Court meeting, JP Dale James said the Animal Shelter has received a good audit from Lawrence W. Riggs, animal human officer for New Hope for the Animals Humane Society. He said Riggs spent several hours at the shelter last week.

Shelter director Pam Hopkins said in her report that 12 dogs where euthanized in September; two of them had mange, three were vicious; and seven were “beyond their time.” She said 18 dogs and 12 cats were adopted out in September.

Office of Emergency Management coordinator Jeana Williams said her department is getting ready for this year’s flu shot clinic. It will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the county fairgrounds.

Fairfield Bay Mayor Paul Wellenberger told the JPs that the newly renovated conference center had a good turnout for its open house last month. He said about 450 people attended.

David Cook reported that the Long Term Recovery Committee has aided 23 families after the April tornado and has purchased three homes for those who lost theirs.

Election coordinator Jeff Hall talked about the county’s website, www.vanburencountyar.com. He said it has been updated with current county officials, school information and more.

The Quorum Court’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Courthouse Annex on Highway 65. It is open to the public.

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