Lake Co. communities form wish lists for tax money

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CROWN POINT, Ind. - Lake County officials are working up wish lists but taking a cautious approach before committing money from a new local income tax.

The county began collecting the tax this month after decades of resistance. Critics said the tax was unfair because it didn't tax businesses but gave them significant property tax relief.

But statewide property tax caps and other revenue hits forced the county to approve the tax earlier this year.

The Times reports ( ) communities hope to use the money to pay for public safety workers, improve economic development and shore up infrastructure. Some officials say the money will allow them to shift salaries for top police officers out of the general fund.

The tax is expected to bring in more than $45 million for 2014.

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