Local county officials upset about income tax
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org May 21, 2013 10:30AM
Updated: July 27, 2013 3:00AM
CROWN POINT — South Lake County Republicans and Democrats were working together to prevent a Lake County income tax, but the tax is now law.
The question going back and forth from the county to the state is how much of your 2013 income will be in that tax figure.
At the Lake County Council meeting on May 6, Councilman Eldon Strong, R-7th, was joined in voting no by fellow Republican Dan Dernulc from the 4th district and Christine Cid, a Democrat from the 5th district.
On May 10, the Lake County Commissioners held a special meeting to vote on the passage of the county income tax by the legislature. Originally it was thought that Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-2nd would be joined by Mike Repay, D-3rd in voting for a veto.
The May 6 council meeting was the second and final reading of the ordinance. Complaints and hurrahs were made by various people in the audience. Many of the hurrahs were from police and firemen, who in other communities in the county have seen their numbers cut and pay frozen. While that has not been the case in Crown Point, some officers were still there supporting the thin blue line.
Strong said, “I was disappointed that the income tax passed. I had hoped for an opportunity to reduce government costs first.”
On May 16 he added, “My goal’s not going to change. The fence might have been moved higher but that is still my goal.”
Strong admitted that he has been called steadfast and hard-headed. “I’m just steadfast in my thought process. I can change my thoughts. I do think of the betterment for all.”
Commissioner Scheub was very disappointed in the passing of the income tax. He felt it was not what the people in his district wanted. Like Strong, the District he serves includes the southern part of Lake County.