Drainage project cost local land owner thousands

One landowner is not happy with the amount of money she is having to pay for a tri-county drainage project. However, according to county commissioners on the Drainage Board, this project wouldn't be able to happen without support from landowners in the area.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 6:40 PM

BENTON COUNTY. Ind. (WLFI)- One landowner is not happy with the amount of money she is having to pay for a tri-county drainage project. However, according to county commissioners on the Drainage Board, this project wouldn't be able to happen without support from landowners in the area.

The Sophia Brumm Reconstruction project is pricey. The drainage ditch covers Tippecanoe, Benton and White Counties. One landowner feels her 26-thousand dollars price tag is too high.

"I would just like the powers that be to reconsider and negotiate more properly and be fairer to us all," said Glenda Buchanan a Benton county land owner.

According to the Tippecanoe County commissioners, this project wouldn't even be in motion without support from over 51% of landowners in the area.

"They have come forth with a petition to request that the drainage board do a reconstruction of that drain," says Tippecanoe county commissioner Tom Murtaugh.

Basically, landowners in this area pay a fee on their property taxes every year to use the drainage program. The more land an owner has, the more they are likely to pay since they typically have more drainage. When the request happens, every landowner whose property uses the drain is notified. Then, a public hearing is held where county entities inform landowners of what's happening.

Glenda Buchanan says she has owned her land since 1992 and has never had flooding issues. She says paying such a large sum of money at once, is adding to the already tough year farmers have had.

"In a year like this we had the floods and now we have the drought,” stated Buchanan. “Of course this is for the future too, but my land has never flooded ever so I guess that's what I am perturbed about

Regardless of where a homeowner is located, they are still required to pay their fair share since their property uses the drain.

"Whether somebody lives on the high ground or the low ground drainage is an issue,” added commissioner Murtaugh. Drainage costs money. “

Landowners in the area have until November to pay their portion of the reconstruction project.

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