City approves budget and makes changes due to decrease in riverboat gaming funds


Rising Sun City Council approved the 2016 Budget in the amount of $2,916,825 with a tax rate of 0.6692 at its Thursday, Oct. 8 meeting.

Resolution 2015-5 was approved to suspend setting aside $100,000 to the Rising Sun Community Development Fund and the suspension of setting aside $10,000 for the same fund which had previously been approved to replenish the fund.

The change was necessary due to the reduction in funds coming in from riverboat gaming admissions and wagering taxes.

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission approved a pair of proposals from Rising Sun for the Bicentennial Legacy Project in celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday in 2016.

The two proposals submitted by museum director Cliff Thies were for the Union and Cedar Hedge Markers and a second proposal titled The Evolution of Ohio County Indiana.

Amy Hoffman presented notice of resignation effective Oct. 22 as she will become the new library director.

Police chief David Hewitt gave his quarterly police activity report including charges and arrests: Felonies 6 misdemeanors 17, infractions 5, juvenile 1, ordinance violations 2, warnings 2, case reports 71, accident reports 11, handgun permits 4, along with 379 calls for service through 911.

Rising Sun Main Street Inc. is seeking a grant to assist business owner Marsha Louden in repair of the front porch of the Empire House Hotel. It would be contingent upon Revolving Loan Fund Board approval.

A grant in the amount of $20,505.83 was received from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation toward a feasibility study of a regional port facility.

Change orders were approved for the riverfront development project.

The contract with Rising Sun Extreme Fitness and Tan Contract for city employees was approved.