Local Option Income Tax Passes On First Reading
In a close 4-3 vote, the Lake County Council took a small step on Tuesday toward a 1. 5-percent income tax. If it is passed, it will be the last Indiana county to enact one.
On first reading of the proposal, four council members voted for the tax — David Hamm, Ted Bilski, Jerome Prince and Elsie Franklin. They say it is necessary to overcome the frozen property tax levy mandated by the General Assembly. The three council members against the tax — Dan Dernulc, Eldon Strong and Christine Cid — said that even though the county has cut 350 jobs, more cuts need to be made.
The proposal still needs two more readings by the council before it got to the Lake County Commissioners. If passed, the 1.5- percent tax would generate $90 million worth of property tax credits.