DYER | The Town Council pledged its support Thursday for the South Shore extension.
During a special meeting before its regular study session, the council directed its attorney to draft a resolution allocating 15 percent of its income tax money, or $53,000, toward the South Shore extension annually beginning in 2015.
The vote was 3-2, with Councilwomen Debbie Astor and Mary Tanis voting no. Astor said she would have preferred an amount of money be specified rather than a percentage of tax revenues.
“I would rather we sign an agreement to participate,” Tanis said. “We don’t necessarily have to give them any money yet.”
The resolution to be drafted by Town Attorney Bill Enslen will be taken up for approval during the council’s next regular business meeting April 10.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, and his staff have been requesting $8 million in local match money so that a South Shore rail extension can be built from Hammond to Dyer. Griffith, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Munster, Schererville, Schneider, Whiting, Winfield and Lake County already have signed on.
Visclosky had asked that communities commit up to 30 percent of county economic development income tax revenue toward building the South Shore extension.
Current plans call for the extension to end in Dyer, although in the future it could be extended as far south as Lowell. The first Dyer-Hammond train could be up and running in nine years.