Towns and cities are taking a closer look at where the money comes from and where it goes as pressure increases to control property taxes.
That particularly is true of the 1 percent income tax the General Assembly authorized for property tax relief in Lake County.
For towns like Highland, it is all about what's fair and what's not, Griffin said.
"I'm in a faith system that says I should love my neighbor as myself," Griffin said. "But I also believe in representative government."
The chief complaint of such towns as Highland is that the way the tax receipts would be distributed would result in much of the money flowing to just six cities and towns.
Figures crunched by Griffin show Highland would get back just 68.3 percent of what it pays in, with 31.7 cents of each income tax dollar subsidizing other communities.
The city of East Chicago would end up the biggest winner, getting back $2.91 for every dollar it pays in.
-- KEITH BENMAN