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February 12, 2014

Mayor and Councilmen at Legislative Day for IACT

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Gary Herbert, Councilmen Glenn Tebbe and Terry Wagner attended the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Legislative Day Tuesday in Indianapolis. The decisions made by the Indiana Legislative session greatly influence cities and towns. And, the City of Greensburg elected officials had the opportunity to directly express to members of the State Legislature how our community is impacted.

IACT priority items on this year’s agenda include: greater flexibly to institute a food and beverage tax, the potential for restrictions on local use of tax increment financing and the elimination of Indiana’s business personal property tax.

Replace Don’t Erase “is an effort to preserve local government funding at a level allowing municipal government in Indiana to continue providing Hoosiers with the quality of life they expect and deserve. Currently, the Indiana General Assembly is moving towards eliminating the business personal property tax, a move that will eliminate more than $1 Billion dollars from local governments and devastate their ability to provide services, infrastructure and improvements. Growing Indiana’s economy is about more than a checklist of business taxes.”

On Feb. 6, The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute released a report, The Personal Property Tax in Indiana, Its Reduction or Elimination is No Simple Task.

The report highlights many of the pitfalls, difficulties and concerns that arise from the idea of eliminating Indiana’s personal property tax.

An excerpt from the report states: One could argue that local governments should “just tighten their belts” to accommodate a more business-friendly tax climate in Indiana. Many local governments are still in the process of readjusting their budgets and revenue streams to adjust to the revenue losses as a result of the property tax caps/Circuit Breaker. The losses under existing law are estimated to exceed $800 million in 2015 and the elimination of the personal property tax would add an additional $550 million in losses statewide, plus an additional $134 million in reductions to rate controlled funds. Those numbers are significant and, in most jurisdictions, will not easily be accommodated with either increased taxes and users fees or reductions in local services.

Jim Shella (WISH-TV), Mayor Greg Goodnight of Kokomo, Brian Howey (Howey Politics Indiana), Adul Shabazz (Indiana Barrister), Lesley Weidenbener (The Statehouse File) and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke of Evansville were members of the featured panel.

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