Option tax options open

Thursday brought a strange turn of events in St. Joseph County’s option income tax debate.

On Monday, The St. Joseph County Council cancelled a meeting it had scheduled to consider increasing the tax. At that point, several council members said that the income tax debate was over for 2008.

Now another meeting has been set for December 30th for the sole purpose of discussing the tax.

Frankly, there’s a chance the meeting set for the 30th might be cancelled as well.

“I’m not 100-percent sure this thing is going to take place,” said Council President Rafael Morton. Morton said he called the meeting to “keep the options open… in case we decide to go ahead with the vote.”

The law requires that the public receive 10-days advance notice of a special meeting. Thursday, that requirement was satisfied.

On Thursday, News Center 16 learned of two council members who won’t be able to attend the meeting. They have plans to be out of town for the holidays.

If other members are in the same situation the council may have problems getting the quorum it needs to conduct business.

Furthermore, there’s always a chance some anti-tax members could walk out of the meeting. That happened recently over a controversial tax abatement ordinance.


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