Proposed public safety income tax increase passes Tippecanoe County Council

The increase, which is not final until the city and town councils vote on the measure, would add a .18-percent increase to the 1.1-percent county income tax.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 12:19 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 12:19 PM

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i'm trevor peters. 3 our top story this midday -- the first step in a proposed increase in a county income tax passed the tippecanoe county council this morning with a vote of 6 to 1.it now goes before city and town councils to vote.this would add a point 1-8 percent increase to the current 1 point 1 percent county income tax.it's all in the name of public safety.district 2 county councilman roland winger was the only 'no' vote. he believes the county can absorb the cost, without raising taxes. 3<"i favor raises, i just don't favor these raises," said winger."i've got 11 years on this council showing that's true, that i do favor raises. this all calls for, certainly, increasing resources for public safety, but i think it calls for us as a council for increasing diligence on making sure we are indeed squeezing every penny that we can."> the proposed increase would add 8 point 2 million dollars to the county's public safety fund. more than 55 law enforcement officials from most of the county's departments were in attendance.sheriff bob goldsmith says that speaks to how important this tax is to his guys and those across the county. 3<we are very thankful. hopefully this moves on and goes through and we are able to use this, for us the sheriff's department, for manpower. > this vote today is only about one third of the final tally.the rest will come from city and town councils. the tax would need approval from 51 percent.so what does this mean for you? 3 county auditor bob plantenga says the tax would amount to about 65 dollars a year for someone earning a 40-thousand dollar salary.money would be restricted to pubic safety including pice, ems and the jail.if passed by october 31st, the tax would start january 1st.lafayette mayor tony roswarski said this morning he believes it would pass the lafayette city council.
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