TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Property taxes in Wabash Township could roughly double due to an emergency loan in the board's 2021 budget.
The board is hosting a virtual public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The $450,000 emergency fire loan was approved by the state within the past month. The loan could raise taxes from seven cents to up to 15 cents for every $100 of assessed value. That's a jump from about $100 a year to more than $200 a year for homes valued at $150,000.
The tax will only be assessed for residents living in the rural parts of the township outside of West Lafayette city limits.
Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising says the money will add four full-time firefighters with retirement and health insurance benefits.
"We had firefighters this year going through a global pandemic with a killer virus without health insurance benefits," she says. "It's atrocious."
Teising says the fire department and ambulance service are called up to 1,500 times a year. She says the previous administration's operational budget and the growing township's public safety needs were outpacing its revenue.
"I am asking the taxpayers of Wabash Township to increase their tax payments to the township to make sure that they have fire and adequate medical services," she says.
The virtual hearing can be attended by visiting this Zoom link and entering the meeting ID 601 417 7532.