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LaGrange Council Approves LOIT Ordinance
Wednesday Feb 15, 2017 8:27am
LaGrange, IN

By: Tim Murray

(LAGRANGE) - LaGrange County Council passed a resolution Monday introducing an ordinance to impose a new Local Option Income Public Safety Tax.

The tax of 0.25 percent would cost a person earning $40,000 just $115 per year.

Of the projected $1.8 million the new tax would raise annually, about $1.4 million would go to the county and $400,000 to the incorporated towns.

Councilman Mike Strawser says he wants to see a budget of how those anticipated revenues would be spent before he votes on the tax. ...... {LISTEN}.

Roughly $350,000 could go for ambulance service, $400,000 for sheriff’s department pension obligations, and $116,000 for courthouse security. That leaves about half a million dollars that could go to other public safety expenses.

County Attorney Kurt Bachman says the tax could not go directly to Major Moves to reimburse the cost of the new justice building. ...... {LISTEN}.

Councilman Harold Gingerich says that’s the kind of shell game he expects the towns will do also.

A public hearing on the Public Safety Tax is scheduled for March 13th at 9 AM.


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