CROWN POINT | A Crown Point political activist is gathering online petitions against a proposed Lake County income tax.
Karin Mason, who ran for Crown Point mayor in 2007 and the Lake County Council in 2010, said she wants to defeat a proposal by the council to impose a 1.5 percent tax on the personal incomes of county residents and out-of-state residents working in Lake County.
She said she is gathering signatures against the tax on a website at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/karinmasonronjanowicz/ .
"Lake County cannot afford another tax," Mason said.
She said she understands county government is in need of additional revenues after Republican-inspired legislation has reduced taxes on which local government once relied. Even if the county adopts the income tax, state legislators may divert it away from local services local officials want to support, she said.