Mr. Larry Dean Buchanan, age 75, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on May 31, 1942, at home in Ohio County, Indiana, the son of the late, Wilbur Russell “Toots” and Elizabeth Melzena (Bovard) Buchanan. He was raised in Quercus Grove, Indiana and was a 1960 graduate of the Patriot High School. Larry was inducted into the United States Navy on October 25, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the good conduct medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of AK2 on February 24, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee. Larry was united in marriage on January 22, 1992 in Columbus, Indiana to Brenda Teltoe and to this union arrived a daughter Emilee to bless their home. Larry was employed as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Columbus, Indiana, retiring in 1997, after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Columbus Moose Lodge #398. Larry enjoyed coaching softball for many years, golfing and was a Cincinnati Reds fan. Larry passed away at 12:24 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his residence in Columbus, Indiana. Larry is survived by his daughter, Emilee L. Andrew and her husband: Dylan of Columbus, IN; his dog, Zoe; his brother-in-law, Kenny Griffin of Vevay, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Russell “Toots” Buchanan, died March 21, 1991 and Elizabeth Melsena (Bovard) Buchanan, died November 17, 1993; his brother, Jim R. Buchanan, died December 3, 2000 and his sister, Verlie Griffin, died September 8, 2012.A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Hartsville United Methodist Church, 175 Jaskson Street Hartsville, Indiana 47244.Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Caribbean American residents of the city of Lauderdale Lakes, may have to brace to face increased property taxes. This according to city Mayor Hazelle Rogers who said the city is in a financial bind which it is slowly climbing out of.Lauderdale Lakes already has the highest property tax rates in Broward County but plans to raise taxes and fire-rescue fees due to a $1.1 million budget gap.Commissioners votes for increaseCity commissioners voted recently to tentatively set a property tax rate of $8.50 on every $1,000 of taxable value. That’s the same rate as last year, but when coupled with rising property values, it will result in tax increases. The fire-rescue fee, which appears on the property tax bill, is proposed to rise 10 percent to $321 for a residential property.Since 2011 the city has downsized its City Commission, fired its city manager, replaced him, and elected new leaders.Rogers said the city can’t afford to cut back on property tax income right now. The city has largely returned from the brink of bankruptcy but still is financially fragile. “We’re looking good,” she said, “but we have to be so cautious. The new commissioners just want to take time to look at everything.”Expenses to be cutEven with the new tax rate, some expenses would have to be cut because of the projected budget gap. Merit-based pay raises could be eliminated, cost-of-living raises delayed, and special events eliminated among other cuts.Highest tax rate in Broward CountyWith other taxes factored in, property owners in Lauderdale Lakes last year paid about $24 on every $1,000 of taxable value, the highest total tax rate in the county, according to the property appraiser’s office. (The lowest total rate is consistently the city of Weston, where property owners last year paid about $17 in tax for every $1,000 of taxable value.)Property values in Lauderdale Lakes are, however, relatively low, helping to keep tax revenues low despite the tax rate. The average home value is $101,855, less than half the county average.Rogers said a key focus of the city’s efforts in the coming year will be economic development. This includes attracting higher income-earners to Lauderdale Lakes. A quarter of the city’s population lives below the poverty level, much higher than the countywide average of 14.5 percent.