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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf has a heart for Whitley County, but feels rural areas might be losing a state voice.
â€śThere have been so many state mandates that have caused our county to lose revenue,â€ť said Schrumpf. â€śState 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.â€ť
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.
â€śHaving that many people working together for a common cause does get the attention of the state,â€ť said Schrumpf. â€śWe saw it with the Business Personal Property Tax elimination."
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