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LaGrange Co. Council public hearing on new tax this morning
Monday Mar 13, 2017 5:10am
LaGrange, IN

By: Tim Murray

LAGRANGE – The LaGrange County Council hold a public hearing this morning on a proposed local option public safety income tax.

The tax of 0.25 percent would cost a person earning $40-thousand dollars an additional $115 per year of income tax.

The new tax is projected to bring the county $1.4 million dollars in its first year. A committee recommends $391-thousand go for sheriff’s department pension obligations, $350-thousand for ambulance service, and $164-thousand for courthouse security. Those are currently paid from other funds.

That leaves $491-thousand for other public safety uses.

The committee recommends $275-thousand of that go to public safety obligations now paid from the general fund, freeing up general fund money to repay the Major Moves fund for the cost of a new criminal justice building.

$100-thousand would go to the township trusteesfor fire protection, and the rest remains in the fund until allocated by county council.

Incorporated towns will receive their own allocation of LOIT revenue separate from the county’s share.

The public hearing is at 9 this morning in the county office building.

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