CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Lake County is ending years of resistance to a local income tax by collecting 1.5 percent from residents and workers to shore up the county's coffers.
The local income tax has been an option for Indiana's 92 counties since 1973. It was billed as a way to wean local governments from property tax revenue.
Lake County has long opposed the tax because it didn't tax business income but gave businesses millions in property tax relief.
But statewide property tax caps and other revenue cuts cost the county more than $120 million and led to passage of the local income tax in May.
The Times reports the tax is expected to bring in more than $45 million for 2014.
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