Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Herald-Bulletin Reports Madison Council Candidates Opposed to New Tax for Transit

From the Anderson Herald-Bulletin:

Candidates running for seats on the Madison County Council are opposed to imposing a new local option income tax to fund a central Indiana mass transit system.
Legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year allows six counties to determine whether to create a mass transit system through a referendum vote. The candidates running this year could be asked to vote on the new income tax in the future. It appears unlikely to be included on the 2014 November ballot.
To be placed on the ballot, a majority of the Madison County Tax Council would have to approve a resolution placing the income tax question to the voters. Votes on the tax council are determined by population for all cities and towns in Madison County. County council members also get a vote.
Most candidates seeking election this year are not in favor of implementing a mass transit income tax, stating tax dollars shouldn’t be used to subsidize the service.