Written by Don Ratzlaff Monday, 24 December 2012 14:45The Hillsboro City Council passed a resolution at its Dec. 18 meeting urging the state’s congressional delegation to resist efforts in Washington to eliminate tax-exempt bond financing for cities.
City Administrator Larry Paine said the proposal to eliminate the bonds is part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations under way in the nation’s capital.
If the measure passes, cities would lose a fundamental tool for financing infrastructure improvements. Paine said small cities will be hit...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Monday, 24 December 2012 14:44Ken Ilgunas had reached a point in his life when he was searching for adventure. He found it with the Keystone XL.
The Niagara Falls, N.Y., native is walking the 1,700-mile proposed route for the extension to the Keystone Pipeline that was built in 2010. The extension will begin at Hardesty, Alberta, and end at Cushing, Okla., if President Obama approves the project.
“I’m very concerned about climate change,” said Ilgunas, a freelance writer who is blogging his trip at...
Written by Patty Decker Monday, 24 December 2012 14:41Seventeen Marion County families are having a merrier Christmas thanks to the generosity of five anonymous donors who paid off their layaway accounts at the Hillsboro Alco store.
Beth Nesser, operations group manager, said one of the donors paid off a layaway account in late November while the other four came in during a 24-hour period last Thursday.
“I think this says a lot about our community,” Nesser said about Santa’s helpers.
The total amount of money anonymously given was...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:15
This festive tree ornament symbolizes the preparation families have pursued for this Christmas season. The actual holiday falls on a Tuesday for the first time since 2007. Bargain hunters and procrastinators can check out the Free Press Gift Guide on pages 6A and
7A for gift ideas in local shops and stores.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:15As 2012 comes to a close, Dan Holub, Marion County Commission chairman, is focusing his attention on state-approved tax exemptions and how those exemptions will affect local taxpayers.
For one, a 2006 tax exemption given to businesses for certain personal property items, such as store furnishings, Holub said in a recent interview. The second is the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline and a 10-year exemption on the pipeline itself.
“Every time a large tax exemption is granted, the lost...
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