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RATES ON THE RISE: Tax funds rising in Whitley County

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents of Whitley County, particularly Columbia City, will see a rise in some of their taxes in the coming year.

Whitley County’s Council approved the reestablishment of the county’s Cumulative Capital Fund for the coming year. The near-doubling of the rate will amount to approximately $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The council enacted this increase to pay for bridge work around the county.

In Columbia City, the common council approved changes to the Cumulative Funds for fire, street and the parks department. The total amount at the city level will be approximately $9 per $100,000 assessed.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the increase was necessary.

“Those funds are important to the longevity of the community,” he said. “As the city continues to grow, there is a need for more projects to take place.”

Among the projects being tackled by this increase will be purchasing a new fire truck for the Columbia City Fire Department.

“We are trying to provide the most services at the lowest cost,” Daniel said. “We try to be fiscally responsible with our dollars.”

For the county, this is the first reestablishment of the Cumulative Capital rate in 28 years.

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