INDIANAPOLIS | Jasper County residents should expect slightly smaller paychecks this month following a 2.1 percent increase in the county's income tax.
County officials recently approved hiking the county's income tax rate to 3.114 percent, up from 3.05 percent. The new rate took effect Dec. 1.
Combined with Indiana's 3.4 percent state income tax rate, Jasper County residents now pay 6.514 percent of their income in state and local income taxes.
That is the second-highest combined income tax rate among Indiana counties. Pulaski County, located immediately east of Jasper County, has the highest combined rate at 6.53 percent.
Jasper County is the only Northwest Indiana county to adjust its county income tax rate this year.
Among region counties with an income tax, Porter County's remains lowest at 0.5 percent. LaPorte County's income tax rate is 0.95 percent and Newton County's is 1 percent.
Lake County is the only Indiana county without an income tax, though the General Assembly has frozen Lake County's property tax revenue at 2007 levels as punishment for not imposing an income tax.
Lawmakers from Lake County will ask the Legislature to unfreeze the county's tax levy when the legislative session begins in January.