New local income tax effective January 1st

A local tax increase is officially on its way to people living throughout Tippecanoe County.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 9:48 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2019 11:11 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A local tax increase is officially on its way to people living throughout Tippecanoe County.

Lafayette and West Lafayette passed the .18 percent increase Monday night making the local income tax 1.28 percent effective January 1st.

Tippecanoe County passed this local tax increase at the beginning of September.

The county makes up roughly 33 percent of the vote, Lafayette makes up 38 percent and West Lafayette 24 percent. It's all based on population. 

As we've been reporting this new tax increase is for public safety.

Police and fire departments are using the money for more personnel and new equipment.

An estimation said Tippecanoe County will have almost $4 million in public safety revenue, Lafayette will have just over $3 million and West Lafayette $970,000.

Mayor John Dennis said this will help out his city tremendously.

"As greater and greater needs grow on our emergency services, and isn't just here, its all over Tippecanoe County, there has to be a way for us to logically and predictably apply resource to that," said Dennis. "Having a local enforcement tax having a public safety tax lets us do just that."

The tax increase affects Battle Ground, Clarks Hill, Dayton, Otterbein and Shadeland.

A link to the presentation made by the Tippecanoe County auditor is here. 

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