Lake County Taxpayers Protest County Tax Proposal
Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub
A group of Lake County taxpayers say they are working to stop local government from taking more money out of their pockets. The Lakeshore’s Sarah Holst attended the anti-taxation rally in Crown Point and tells us why some residents say they are already over-taxed.
Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub has been very clear on his opinion of a county option income tax.
Scheub – I’m gonna tell you right now, I’m not gonna vote for any option income tax as long as I’m breathing. (applause)
Scheub spoke about the tax which is currently being considered by the Lake County Council… Monday night during a rally at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The event was organized by the group “Lake County Taxpayers against Additional Taxation.”
LCTAT organizer KimKrull – I can’t afford it. I can’t afford to give any more of my money to city, state, or national government, and I’m getting the feeling from a lot of people that they can’t either.
Of the approximately 30 people who attended the rally, several expressed disappointment that more residents were not becoming involved with the issue.
Comments from one audience member, John Moose
Scheub gave those who did attend a quick overview of some of the expenses he believes are contributing to the county’s financial problems… including lawsuits, a cap on the county’s casino revenues and unfunded mandates such as the consolidation of 911 emergency services. The County Commissioner says addressing these problems could eliminate the need for an additional tax. Scheub also cited the effects of a state property tax reassessment in 2001 which included Lake County’s top commercial developments.
Scheub – The state decided to do a reassessment of BP, USX, and Mittal. They reduced those taxes 40 – 60%. That went right back on the homeowners’ shoulders. To this date, that has cost the taxpayers $73 million in property tax.
If passed… the proposed 1.5-percent income tax would take effect in 2015. The Lake County Council approved the tax on first reading earlier this month. A special meeting has been called for a second reading of the ordinance on Monday, May 6th at 4:30 pm. in Crown Point… Sarah Holst, Lakeshore News.