County income tax boosts CP city budget
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org September 3, 2013 4:06PM
Updated: September 10, 2013 1:11PM
CROWN POINT — With the establishment of the Lake County local option income tax part of those funds will be coming to the city of Crown Point.
Because of that, two new non-reverting funds will be created in the city. One is the LOIT Public Safety Fund and the other is the CEDIT fund. Monthly deposits will be made into those funds from the city’s share of the county income tax.
The first thing that the city has done is move the salaries of the chiefs and assistant chiefs of both the Fire and Police departments to the Public Safety fund. In addition, a new General Services Officer, acting as an animal control officer, will be paid from that fund.
The city will receive an annual amount of around $1.3 million into these two new funds from the income tax. It amounts to just 0.25 percent from the Lake County Economic Development Income Tax and another 0.25 percent from public safety income tax.
The LOIT Public Safety Fund will have limited use to public safety only.
“How much will have to be used for the new E911 project is yet to be seen,” said Mayor Dave Uran, adding, “It may have to go into the law enforcement funds.”
A lot of that Public Safety money may end up going right back to the county. At least this new fund will keep the new E911 project from taking out of the general fund.
Uran was also concerned that this program requires a different radio frequency be used which sometimes cannot get out of some buildings.
It has been reported by city employees that the 800 mg radios do not work in the County Government Center. Fire and police have been forced in some building to use their own personal cell phones to reach 911 dispatchers.
In the CEDIT Community Development fund, some will be put into the Economic Development Revolving Fund to be built up for future uses.
The city had run out of space for the number of people necessary to deliver services to the community. Patti Olsen’s Clerk/Treasurer’s office is beyond capacity of the space that is allotted to them.
The city is doing a study right now of the use of all the buildings that are currently owned or rented by the city.
There is also a Rebuild Crown Point fund that is going to be getting funds, as well as a Capital Outlays fund for building up funding for future growth.
The growth of the community, not just in population but in area, also must address sooner rather than later the need for an additional fire station.