Consider the eternal questions. Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why are some Indiana local government property tax rates high, while others are low? Let's leave the answers to the first two to actual scientists. I'll take a stab at that last one.
The General Assembly is in session, and the big issue this year looks to be road funding. How will we raise the additional $1 billion or more that we need to maintain our roads?
A new valuable online data platform - Rural Indiana Stats - is now available to individuals, agencies and organizations in Indiana that want access to a unique mix of data on Indiana's 92 counties. The website, a product of a partnership between the Purdue Center for Regional Development and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, offers access to more than 80 county-level variables.
A Purdue Extension program that helps Indiana communities improve public spaces such as parks and town centers is surveying West Lafayette residents to get input on the city parks and recreation department's next five-year master plan.
Low-cost, durable, attractive chairs can be produced in any region of the world from locally available wood, wood residues, or semi-processed woody materials. This publication by Dr. Eva Haviarova and Dr. Carl Eckelman, describes the process for producing these durable chairs.
Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell's helpful publication "Tree Pruning Essentials" is now available in a Spanish-language version, "Lo Esencial Para la Poda de Ãrboles." This publication explores the techniques behind good pruning, from the planning process before planting to monitoring the tree's response after the pruning cuts.
It's Thanksgiving, and here's one thing I'm thankful for: the Legislative Services Agency's county property tax reports for 2015. You can find them on the General Assembly's website at http://iga.in.gov. Click on "Publications," then "Property Tax Studies."