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Learn about potential Lake County income tax at Saturday meeting

Updated: June 4, 2013 6:28AM



HIGHLAND — A last-minute information session on the proposed 1.5 percent Lake County income tax takes place Saturday at the Lincoln Center.

Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, is hosting the 11 a.m. session n the banquet room at the Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln St., Highland, in advance of the special Lake County Council meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Syd Garner Auditorium at the Government Center to discuss the tax. During Saturday’s session she plans to use the time to explain the ordinance that is before the council and share information that has been provided by the Indiana Department of Revenue on the tax. She said there will be a question-and-answer session as well.

“I promised my constituents a public meeting to at least address the issue,” Cid said, adding the past 10 a.m. regular council meeting times and the 4:30 p.m. special meetings that have been called for the tax have not been at times that fair to the average working resident.

“They need a meeting time more convenient to them,” she said.

Cid could prove to be the lynchpin vote for the tax as the process moves forward. Lake County Council members approved a first reading of the 1.5 percent income tax package that includes 1 percent for property tax relief, 0.25 percent for public safety and 0.25 for economic development by a 4-3 margin. Cid voted against the tax along with the Republicans on the panel, Eldon Strong, R-Crown Point, and Dan Dernulc, R-Highland.

Lake County commissioners have called a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. May 10 to follow up on any action taken by the council when it meets Monday. It is expected commissioners will veto the tax. If they do so, the County Council will need at least five votes to override the veto.

Cid has maintained she would not make a final decision on the tax until she had a chance to meet with constituents. She said if a vote for the tax would have been called at the April 26 special meeting that was canceled she would have voted “no” at that time.

“We’ll see what comes out. Then I’ll really know my decision for Monday,” Cid said.



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