Fountain County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 23

Fountain County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 17,954. The county seat is Covington[1].

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History

Fountain County was formed in 1826. It was named for Major James Fontaine of Kentucky who was killed at Harmar's Defeat (near modern Fort Wayne, Indiana) on 22 October 1790 during the Northwest Indian War.[2]

Courthouse

The Fountain County courthouse was built in 1936-1937 at a cost of $246,734. It was constructed by the Jacobson Brothers of Chicago; the architects were Louis R. Johnson and Walter Scholar of Lafayette. It replaced the older 1859 building that had been declared unsafe. The courthouse walls display a number of murals painted by Eugene Francis Savage and others from 1937 to 1940; the murals cover over 2,500 square feet (232 m2) of wall space and depict the settlement of western Indiana.[3]

Government

The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.[4][5]

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