Written by Patty Decker Monday, 31 December 2012 11:34Carol Maggard, 65, is retiring as Marion County clerk this month after 16 years, but has spent a total of 27 years in the clerk’s office.
Maggard said she measures her time in the clerk’s office by the time she was married to her late husband, Dick.
Considering herself a Marion County native, Maggard and her family moved to Peabody when she was in the fourth grade.
“My mother and father owned a jewelry store in Peabody, which is now the bowling alley,” she said.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Monday, 31 December 2012 11:32The state’s attempt to stimulate economic growth could come at a cost to Marion County taxpayers in the form of higher property taxes at the county and local levels.
If approved, legislation proposed for debate in the 2013 Kansas legislative session would further shift the tax burden from manufacturers to residents by broadening tax exemptions for manufacturing machinery and equipment that was initially passed in 2006.
The legislation would allow industries and manufacturers in Kansas to receive a tax exemption on the valuation of their property based on fixed machinery and equipment, effectively altering the definition of “personal property.”
In other words, a manufacturer would not pay property taxes on machinery that was so...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Monday, 24 December 2012 14:46New streets pave path to progress
Three street-replacement projects were the most visible evidence of progress in the city of Hillsboro during 2012. In addition, local leaders did preliminary work to prepare for additional street projects in the year ahead, including two designed to enhance the safety of local highway travelers and school children.
Beyond official city business, Hillsboro residents, organizations and businesses contributed in a variety of ways to make the year meaningful and memorable.
Following is a summary of highlights and challenges through the past 12 months.
Two secret Santas, each unbeknown to the other, paid off all the layaway accounts at the Alco store in Hillsboro before Dec. 25. The...
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 the hardest because large cities have more people to carry the additional local burden that would be required to pay off the bonds.
To illustrate, Paine said a bond purchaser in a 35 percent tax bracket would be happy to get a 4 percent tax-free...
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 kenilgunas.com. “The Keystone XL is just a very controversial subject. I wanted to come out here and learn as much as I could.”
By Friday evening, Ilgunas had reached Marion after spending the previous night in the senior center at Ramona. He figured...
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