Commissioners set special meeting on income tax
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2013 11:48AM
Updated: May 7, 2013 1:29PM
CROWN POINT — Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub of Crown Point has exercised his option as a commissioner to call a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 10 in the auditorium in building two of the Lake County Government Complex, to consider an ordinance establishing an income tax in Lake County.
The Lake County Council voted 4-3 Monday to enact the tax.
If the commissioners veto the ordinance, the council will have to vote 5-2 to override the veto.
Commissioner Roosevelt Allen of Gary supports an income tax. He sees it as a necessary evil.
Both Commissioners Scheub and Mike Repay of Hammond said that they will vote against any income tax ordinance.
Scheub has been against a county income tax ever since then Governor Mitch Daniels called on the county to enact this tax a number of years ago.
In retaliation for not passing the income tax, the tax levy on real property in Lake County has been held to the 2007 level.
There is also a cap system on all real estate taxes, 1 percent on owner-occupied residential, 2 percent on some commercial and 3 percent on most commercial and industrial property.
Before closing the 2013 session the Indiana Legislature removed the freeze on the tax levy in Lake County.
There is no longer a state mandated reason for an income tax in the county, according to Scheub.