FIGHTING TO BE HEARD: State decisions have negative effect on smaller areas

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf has a heart for Whitley County, but feels rural areas might be losing a state voice.“There have been so many state mandates that have caused our county to lose revenue,” said Schrumpf. “State leaders believe they can do what we do on a local level better, but it usually costs more money and in end the county misses out on revenue.”Schrumpf is part of a joint caucus of mayors and commissioners from Northeast Indiana. In addition to Whitley County, 10 other counties participate in the group that lobbies as one voice on behalf of the region.“Having that many people working together for a common cause does get the attention of the state,” said Schrumpf. “We saw it with the Business Personal Property Tax elimination."To read the rest of this story, see the Feb. 18 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.