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County budgets falling way behind
Five months after the county budget was supposed to be approved by the state, Madison County, Ind., was still stuck without a current budget and already late for the next year. In this article, I explain how the delay affected taxpayers and what it could do to their services from all units of government. (Published July 27, 2008, in The Herald Bulletin)

Councilmen unsupportive of tax increase
The Anderson, Indiana, city administration proposed a countywide income tax increase. At least one other municipality in the county had to approve the increase for it to be enacted. However, most of the financial bodies in the county had not discussed the issue the day before the vote. (Published Aug. 12, 2008, in The Herald Bulletin)

Assessors mull loss of jobs
The last day of the Indiana legislative session in 2008, the general assembly approved a massive property tax reform bill, which included the consolidation of the assessors’ duties. Thirteen of 14 township assessors in Madison County lost their duties on July 1, 2008. (Published June 29, 2008, in the The Herald Bulletin)

Five minutes with Michelle Obama
During an unusual election year, both Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and their family members campaigned in Indiana. Michelle Obama was the first to stop in Anderson, Indiana (Published on April 17, 2008, in The Herald Bulletin)

Obama visits Area
Barack Obama visited Muncie, Indiana, early in his campaign through the state during the primary. One young boy from Anderson, Ind., was able to participate in his visit. ( Published on April 13, 2008, in The Herald Bulletin)

Padgett gets 2009 court date
Melinda Padgett was a victim’s advocate for the Madison County prosecutor’s office before the Republican prosecutor lost the election in 2006. On Jan. 1, 2007, Padgett was fired. She claims it was an unlawful termination involving political discrimination. (Published on June 17, 2008, in The Herald Bulletin)