Taxpayers Association 
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City to Sell Sludge

Powerdyne and the City of Terre Haute

The City of Terre Haute and Powerdyne have entered into a contractual agreement as of July 2014 for processing of Municipal Solid Waste ( Sewage Sludge) into Bio Diesel Fuel.  As of January 2015 the contracts are not enforceable according to City Legal.  Here are the contracts in PDF format.

In a Tribune Star Article date July 10, 2014 Mayor: City will not file bankruptcy in the last paragraph it states 

'Councilman Jim Chalos asked the mayor how a city with a deficit each year can be making progress. Bennett said there are new sources of revenue coming to the city. "I'll be happy to share [those sources] with you once it's in concrete," Bennett said.' 

Just 5 days later the Contract with Powerdyne was signed and was passed at the next Board of Public Works Meeting.  If this is part of the new sources of revenue coming to city, why not make the announcement during the month of July. 

Board of Public Works approved a 20yr contact with Powerdyne on selling MSS and green waste to Powerdyne in July 2014.  Here are the links to contracts: 

Powerdyne contract - wwtp 7-15-14 (1).pdf

Renewable Transport Agreement - WWTP 7-28-14 .pdf

Sodrel Fuels Agreement - WWTP 7-28-14.pdf


State of the City Address February 27,2014

Mayor Duke Bennett presented a synopsis of 2013 and projections for 2014.  Very informative.

Key Points:

Margaret Project - Next phase has started.  If you drive down Margaret Avenue you will see that the demolition has taken place of the buildings.  Utility Poles still need to be moved before the process of rebuilding the road takes place.  Construction of the new section should start in spring.  The next section from Erie Canal to 19th Street is in the property acquisition stage still.  In the plans there is an overpass for the rail tracks at 19th and Margaret which, in my opinion, is greatly needed.  Funding for this overpass is not completely secure and we will be watching where the funding for the overpass will be coming from.

Wabash Project - The old rail ties have been removed and the last section should be completed this year.  

  General Fund - Always a struggle - showed a positive balance at the end of the year with the Tax Anticipation Loan.   

PILOT Fees - PILOT fees are Payment In Lieu of Taxes meaning that a entity that is not paying property taxes may pay a PILOT fee for services like fire and police.  The Sanitary Plant has paid a PILOT fee for the last two years and ISU pays a PILOT fee for example.



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  Past Events

  Community Involvement

2013 Eagle Contest
Taxation, Government, & Citizenship Annual Test



The Taxpayers Association of Vigo County, Inc. held its 5th annual competitive contest for Vigo County high school students. A 225-question test and an essay on local and state taxation, government and citizenship was given on Saturday, April 10, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at the Vigo County School Corporation building.  All high school students living in Vigo County were eligible to compete. The students with the highest scores received cash awards for first, second and third place, respectively. The winning school received at least $200 to be spent on classroom materials selected by the teacher/coach. The winning school also gained possession of the traveling EAGLE trophy. 

Terre Haute North Vigo won the EAGLE for 2013.   

 Individual winners were:

  • 1st Alexander Farmer (THN)
  •  $300 prize
  • 2nd Tim Smith (THN)
  • $200 prize
  • 3rd  Calvin Blank (THN) 
  • $100 prize

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the students who participated!

Other financial and in-kind support was provided by the following:

Comissioner Judy Anderson

Commissioner Mike Ciolli 

Bernard and Shirley Ridens

Duke Energy

Vigo County Administrative Funds

Special Thanks to test monitors and graders

Steve Moore

Ben Wenz

Holly Pies

Bernard Ridens 

Annual Meeting April 12, 2013