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April 28, 2012

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Give it back?

It’s always nice to read stories from around the state, including one from Auburn, where the township trustee is cutting his property tax rate to zero.

According to The (Auburn, Ind.) Star, Union Township Trustee Craig Bassett said he intends to give the taxpayers a break due to sizable surpluses and changes to state law.

“Now, we can lower or zero our tax levy for a fund without being locked into that levy forever,” Bassett said, estimating he’d accumulated enough money to run the township for five years with no revenue.

We wonder if that attitude will rub off here in Kokomo, where Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin was carrying a $6.3 million balance at the end of 2010.

That same year, Lushin spent $1.96 million, meaning he had more than three years worth of township spending in the bank at that point.

Mourdock v. Lugar

The race between Dick Lugar and Richard Mourdock has officially kicked into overdrive, with Lugar mounting attacks on Mourdock on several fronts, even as Mourdock insists he’s ahead in the polls.

Lugar’s staff were quick to respond to an internal Mourdock poll that came out Thursday, showing Mourdock slightly ahead.

The poll was by Wenzel Strategies, the same company that showed Mourdock closing the gap on Lugar’s lead in March.

“Wenzel Strategies has been widely discredited as a noncredible polling firm, most recently

after releasing a poll claiming to show 20 percent of Republicans leading toward Obama in the 2012 election,” Lugar chief of staff Andy Fisher said in a press release.

Lugar has been dogging Mourdock for past support of the Fairness Doctrine and a plan to vastly increase public spending on universities, but the six-term senator’s ace in the hole may be Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Two ads featuring Daniels began running in heavy rotation this week, and are expected to continue up until the May 8 election.

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