Monday, January 13, 2014

Truth Reports Elkhart County to Hire Lobbyists to Help Seek New Local Option Income Tax

From the Elkhart Truth:

The Elkhart County Council will likely get help paying for two lobbyists to urge state lawmakers in Indianapolis to approve a new local option income tax.

County commissioner Mike Yoder told the county council Saturday, Jan. 11, that two cities — Elkhart and Goshen — and one school have offered to chip in for a pair of lobbyists that the county council agreed to hire  for $5,000 per month during the legislative session.

“As soon as we asked for money, questions came up about how much and when, so we thought let’s just wait until we know how big the bill is and whether we hire them for the entire session or not,” Yoder told council members. “Once we have a bill, we’ll divide it up and create a payment schedule based on that.”

The county council wants state legislators to approve a circuit breaker relief local option income tax of up to 1 percent that would help the county recoup money lost because of property tax caps.