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LaGrange Co. Council adopts public safety tax
Monday Mar 13, 2017 3:11pm
By: Tim Murray
LAGRANGE – It’s unanimous. LaGrange County wage earners will pay a new public safety income tax.
The LaGrange County Council passed both readings of the new ordinance after no one from the public spoke during a public hearing this morning.
The new tax will add $115 a year to the income tax bill of a person earning $40,000 annually.
Some of those uses are the sheriff’s department pension obligation, the ambulance contract with Parkview, salaries and benefits for deputies, courthouse security, and township fire protection.
The only real new spending in that group is township fire protection. $100-thousand would be split among the eleven townships.
The move will free up dollars from the county’s general fund budget for paying back the cost of a new justice building to the Major Moves fund.
Council members want a written agreement with the commissioners that obligates the county to pay back the cost of the new building.