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Keeping tabs on missing water in cities

October 4, 2010

     When cities and towns deliver water as a utility, they expect to have a certain amount of “missing water,” which refers to the difference between how much water was pumped and how much was billed.
     Usually, the difference is about 12 to 13 percent, but in recent months, Columbia City has seen that number nearly double.
     “Our unaccounted for water in the last six months has really increased,” said Mike Dear, water department superintendent for Columbia City.

Schools bring home “do more with less” from state conference

October 4, 2010

     With budgets at the forefront of nearly everyone’s mind, how to keep school districts afloat during financial uncertainty was the dominant theme at this year’s Indiana School Board Association conference.
     For local superintendents, how to do the same or more with less funding was a common theme.
     “It’s all based on the revenue that the state generates,” said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools.

Whitko preps for referendum discussion

October 4, 2010

     Whether a full house, barely-occupied seats or somewhere in between, Whitko Community Schools administration and board members are ready for whatever comes their way Tuesday night for an in-depth look an upcoming referendum for a tax levy increase in the district.
     At 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Whitko High School, superintendent Steve Clason, financial operations director Tom McFarland and board of school trustees members will make their case for why voters need to approve the tax levy increase.


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