New local income tax will affect Tippecanoe County if passed

The public is voicing its opinion on the proposal of a new local income tax.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 12:03 AM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 12:21 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The public is voicing its opinion on the proposal of a new local income tax.

Thursday evening at the County Building voices were heard from law enforcement, the community and county leaders.

Currently Tippecanoe County has a local income tax at 1.1 percent.

That ranks 74th out of all 92 Indiana counties, but this new tax would add point .18 percent.

The proposal said it would generate $8.2 million to go toward the public safety fund.

One Lafayette man said he's okay with an increase but wants to make sure the county is responsible with its money.

"Public safety is a necessary function of local government," said Mike Morris. "My concern is that it does go to public safety and doesn't go to somewhere else."

The tax would need approval from 51 percent of the county's local income tax council.

On Tuesday, September 10th at 8:30 in the morning the Tippecanoe County Council will cast it's vote.

The county along with the cities and towns each get a say in the income tax.

Below is a breakdown of the amount of votes given based on population.

Battle Ground, Clarks Hills, Dayton, Otterbein and Shadeland each get less than a vote.

Battle Ground gets .77 votes.

Clark's Hill receives .35 votes and Dayton .82 votes.

The smallest town in the county, Otterbein, gets .21 votes.

Shadeland has .93 votes.

Lafayette gets 38.87 votes.

West Lafayette has 24.31 votes and Tippecanoe County gets 33.74 votes.

The meeting on Tuesday is open to the public.

If passed by October 31st, the tax starts January 1st of 2020.

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