How much debt is out there in Indiana?

Indiana counties are supporting a lot of debt and interest payments, by and large, for 2013 than they did in 2012. Below is a chart I put together from information presented at The numbers below are 2013 debt loads carried by county government units. In some cases, like Harrison County, debt is being paid down fast. Though Harrison County has access to a lucrative riverboat casino tax fund to help pay off their debts.

In other cases, like Boone, Davies, and Dubois Counties, debt and interest payments skyrocketed. Boone County’s debt almost doubled (due to a building project?) year-over-year, and Dubois County went from $0 debt in 2012 to $1 million in 2013. Decatur County also had massive gains in their debt loads.

I’m assuming in cases where the principal and interest is $0, and there’s still a lease payment, that those counties are paying for leased space to private firms, such as for offices or storage. Several counties reported no debts, at least on their county general funds, for 2013. That does NOT mean the whole county is without debt, as other taxing units like schools, libraries, transit, cities or towns in the county, or other municipal corporations/units could well be drowning in debt.

19 counties had increased debt loads (red arrows). 14 had decreased debt loads (green arrows) year-over-year. The remaining 59 (out of 92) counties had relatively  little to no change, under $10,000 or so in principal payments one way or another, and are indicated by sideways arrows.

Principal Interest Lease Payment
Adams $0 $0 $0
Allen $1,735,000.00 $1,223,529.00 $6,848,375.00
Bartholomew $0 $0 $1,191,000.00
Benton $0 $0 $0
Blackford $30,884.00 $1,957.00 $390,500.00
Boone $6,666,499.00 $1,627,674.46 $0
Brown $0 $0 $592,000.00
Carroll* $80,500.00 $144.00 $0.00 2012 data
Cass $0 $0 $1,380,356.00
Clark $4,742,000.00 $1,396,037.00 $0
Clay $0 $0 $853,797.50
Clinton $271,231.00 $144,509.00 $357,791.00
Crawford $243,000.00 $129,462.00 $0
Daviess $1,621,326.00 $1,387,286.00 $1,989,000.00
Dearborn $23,400.00 $2,240.00 $0.00
Decatur $925,000.00 $146,126.00 $560,010.00
DeKalb $100,000.00 $89,080.00 $0.00
Delaware $0 $0 $847,295.00
Dubois $1,000,000.00 $0 $4,476.00
Elkhart $5,526,337.13 $2,914,030.93 $0
Fayette  $0 $0 $715,650.00
Floyd $50,000.00 $86,275.00 $0
Fountain $0 $0 $483,531.00
Franklin $380,756.00 $119,001.00 $0
Fulton $230,000.00 $99,408.00 $254,000.00
Gibson $4,615,000.00 $1,299,688.50 $615,500.00
Grant $412,220.00 $31,649.00 $0
Greene $3,037,581.00 $422,683.00 $0
Hamilton $6,485,000.00 $3,484,574.00 $10,340,000.00
Hancock $2,275,000.00 $600,936.00 $0
Harrison $0 $0 $418,875.00
Hendricks $1,085,000.00 $1,399,647.00 $4,932,682.00
Henry $423,013.00 $342,153.00 $1,380,500.00
Howard $81,443.00 $18,965.00 $0
Huntington $96,904.00 $1,752.00 $0
Jackson $515,000.00 $15,116.00 $1,340,838.00
Jasper $0 $0 $865,082.00
Jay $92,955.00 $44,841.00 $800,000.00
Jefferson $0 $0 $825,000.00
Jennings $0 $0 $770,000.00
Johnson $900,000.00 $200,762.00 $955,370.00
Knox $765,000.00 $408,559.00 $0
Kosciusko $215,000.00 $0 $1,996,412.00
LaGrange $0 $0 $469,025.00
Lake $6,277,283.00 $2,454,845.00 $1,309,000.00
LaPorte $0 $0 $0
Lawrence $0 $0 $562,123.00
Madison $0 $0 $0
Marion $0 $0 $0
Marshall $0 $0 $1,213,500.00
Martin $85,016.00 $6,251.00 $0
Miami $0 $0 $1,195,000.00
Monroe $350,000.00 $234,698.00 $2,116,268.00
Montgomery no data
Morgan $655,000.00 $185,808.00 $96,057.00
Newton $0 $0 $0
Noble $0 $0 $599,500.00
Ohio $0 $0 $0
Orange $228,243.00 $124,791.00 $14,792.00
Owen $0 $0 $0
Parke $0 $0 $0
Perry $192,366.00 $225,654.00 $1,426,111.00
Pike $0 $0 $0
Porter $1,490,000.00 $97,156.00 $1,473,500.00
Posey $140,000.00 $53,940.00 $44,036.00
Pulaski $0 $0 $0
Putnam $0 $0 $0
Randolph $0 $0 $2,179,300.00
Ripley $0 $0 $0
Rush $81,143.00 $6,960.00 $110,250.00
St. Joseph $3,959,702.00 $965,310.00 $3,461,000.00
Scott $518,000.00 $57,047.00 $0
Shelby no data
Spencer $0 $0 $31,156.00
Starke $20,944.00 $826.00 $0
Steuben $1,065,000.00 $85,501.00 $0
Sullivan $32,998.95 $1,223.40 $0
Switzerland $820,000.00 $171,743.00 $0
Tippecanoe $370,000.00 $136,800.00 $1,115,500.00
Tipton $340,000.00 $178,985.00 $0
Union $0 $0 $187,000.00
Vanderburgh $1,960,000.00 $1,824,263.00 $6,117,718.00
Vermillion $0 $0 $0
Vigo $1,625,000.00 $721,634.00 $1,283,000.00
Wabash $0 $0 $139,320.00
Warren $147,377.00 $4,381.00 $0
Warrick $1,558,704.00 $1,263,581.75 $0
Washington $231,794.00 $16,480.00 $0
Wayne $0 $0 $2,299,125.00
Wells $0 $0 $65,738.00
White no data
Whitley $0 $95,614.00 $556,144.00


Sourced from

A Day in the Life of Justin Harter

So today I embarked on an interesting little social experiment. Every 15 minutes from 9 am until about now, when I’m posting this before bed, I took a picture of whatever it was I was doing at precisely that moment. Here are those photos (with some commentary for explanation):

The day started with a grocery delivery from PeaPod.

My usual morning check of the news and Twitter.

Working on emails.

Working on my Salem Leader blog (published tomorrow), and my column for the print edition in November.

Working on Jake Hattabaugh’s website.

Going back to edit my Leader blog.

Editing the image together before sending off to the Leader.


Working on a new webpage for a new product for a client.

Continuing to work on a client’s site.

Caught myself looking at the cat at the moment.

Continuing to work on the new page.

Investigating a bug where images were distorted.

Checking the mail.

Finished working on the client’s new page.

Found this photo for the first of what would be six times today (it’s fake, in that it’s not really a result of Hurricane Sandy).

Reading the paper that came in the mail today.

Making lunch — a warm lettuce and spinach salad with potato salad.

Eating lunch and watching the latest upload from the Rolling Stones on YouTube.

Finished eating lunch.

Checking out the current status of Aerosmith’s music videos in advance of their Nov. 6th album launch date.

Reading this report from my investment account that came in the mail.

Loading the dishwasher.

Eating an oatmeal raisin cookie that I made last night (they’re my favorite).

Cat vomited on the floor.

Since I cleaned on speck of carpet in one room, I decided to vacuum the whole house.

Working on an email.

Working on a new site with the HTML 5 Boilerplate as a start.

Working on a new site.

Working on a new site to be worked on by a student of mine.

Investigating this whole “Romney’s clothing and apparel are manufactured in China while Obama’s is made in America” crap.

Working on making a site responsive.

Putting up some cat litter that PeaPod brought and I neglected taking out to the garage.

Back to working on the website.

Got a phone call from some number that was spam, so I blocked it. (You know you could have stopped reading this already, right?)

I was about to put some water in the fridge. Since my kidney stones, I’ve taken to drinking only bottled water since June.

Looking out the window.

Thinking about dinner.

Taking the trash out (and subsequently bringing it back in realizing the wind was too strong).

IM’ing with Jake (again, yes, I know, we talk a lot).

Putting a trash bag back in the trash can because I always forget to put one in after I take out the trash.

Preparing to take a shower.

Walking through the house thinking about dinner.

Decided on making a chili for dinner. PeaPod brought me an onion that has no business being that big to start.

Cooking dinner.

Eating dinner.

Finished with dinner.

Reading my library book, The Time Keeper, by Mitch Alboom. (I don’t particularly like it, too fiction-y for my tastes).


I live an incredibly boring life sometimes. …most of the time.

What an Obama and Romney Presidency might look like

On the morning of November 7, a reelected President Obama will do … nothing. For the next 53 days, nothing. And then, on January 1, 2013, we will all awake to a different, substantially more liberal country. The Bush tax cuts will have disappeared, restoring Clinton-era tax rates and flooding government coffers with revenue to fund its current operations for years to come. The military will be facing dire budget cuts that shake the military-industrial complex to its core. It will be a real-world approximation of the old liberal bumper-sticker fantasy in which schools have all the money they require and the Pentagon needs to hold a bake sale.

All this can come to pass because, while Obama has spent the last two years surrendering short-term policy concessions, he has been quietly hoarding a fortune in the equivalent of a political trust fund that comes due on the first of the year. At that point, he will reside in a political world he finds at most mildly uncomfortable and the Republicans consider a hellish dystopia. Then he’ll be ready to make a deal.

Via NY Mag

My hilariously inappropriate Siri dictation

So I needed to type out a bunch of text for the back of a fishing lure package, and rather than type, I thought I’d dictate on my Mac. I was simply in BBEdit, and spoke clearly and slowly. This is what I got (italicized words are incorrect from what I actually wanted, in addition to the obvious):

Thank you for your purchase of a guy dog tackle fishing. All of our Luehrs are designed to be extremely versatile and can be finished using many different techniques. The Logsplitter will fall at about 1 ft./s. Cut it down to your desired death in the gay retrieve. It’s low to medium retrieval flawlessly mimic a fishes natural swimming motion. I’m twitching deposit retrieve the viewer will turn out

Interesting that it abbreviate “one foot per second” as it did. It can do that, but can’t get “…desired depth and begin your retrieve” right.