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How police expect to use funds from recently passed local income tax

A new local income tax will add $8.2 million to Tippecanoe County's public safety fund. Now, we know how law enforcement agencies expect to use your tax money.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 8:48 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 9:26 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—A new local income tax will add $8.2 million to Tippecanoe County's public safety fund. Now, we know how law enforcement agencies expect to use your tax money.

The increase was approved one week ago. It goes into effect January 1st.

Of the $8.2 million, the Lafayette Police Department will take in over $3 million in revenue.

Chief of Police Patrick Flannelly told News 18 he is absolutely pleased with the tax being passed.

He said his department's first priority is more people, then a new facility and lastly; more equipment.

Chief Flannelly said nobody wants more taxes. However, he explained that the City has to manage its growth. 

"The money that we receive is going to be well spent," he said. "And it's all going to go towards insuring that we have the best people out on the street, with the best training and equipment, with the facility that we need to get the job done."

The City of West Lafayette will receive $970,000 of the total fund, which will benefit the West Lafayette Police Department and Fire Department. 

WLPD Chief of Police Troy Harris said the original budget didn't give the department enough to provide the service this community expects.

He explained the City's population has gone up 40 percent in just the last ten years. Harris said it was time for more funds. 

He went on to say that calls are constantly through the roof, and the department's priority right now is personnel.

However, Harris mentioned technology and officer training also need to be improved. 

“I certainly don’t take it lightly when we ask our residents in our community for an increase in taxes. All this money will be reinvested back in our community for the safety of our community.”

Harris shared some future goals he has for his department, which include a public safety camera system in high-pedestrian areas.  He also wants to promote safety programs that connects the community with officers.

“Want to make sure we leave this place better than we found it. Meaning when I’m gone in ten years, I have set the table for the next generation of officers,” Harris said. 

News 18 also spoke with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said his department will put the money toward more man power.

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