Nonpartisan group to rally April 29 against Lake County income tax

2013-04-17T17:00:00Z 2013-04-18T11:51:07Z Nonpartisan group to rally April 29 against Lake County income taxBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
April 17, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A group of political activists plans to hold a taxpayer rally later this month to protest the adoption of a local income tax.

A Stop the Tax assembly is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 29 in the 4-H building at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point.

Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point, an opponent of a proposed 1.5 percent tax on the personal income of all county residents, is a scheduled speaker.

Larry Blanchard, an administrative aide to Scheub and a former councilman for south Lake County, also is expected at the rally to answer questions about the proposed tax.

Kim Krull, a former chairwoman of the Lake County Republican Party, said the event is being hosted by Lake County Taxpayers Against Additional Taxation, which she describes as a nonpartisan group formed to raise awareness about the proposed tax and collect signatures of taxpayers against the tax to be presented to county officials.

She said like-minded residents can learn more about their cause on the group's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-County-Taxpayers-Against-Additional-Taxation/518983861473325?fref=tsonline. Residents also can sign the group's petition online at www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-a-lake-county-income-tax.html.

The Lake County Council on April 9 voted 4-3 to approve a 1.5 percent assessment on the personal income of all county residents.

County officials say local government would earmark most of the more than $90 million an income tax could generate for property tax reduction, primarily in suburban and south county, and augment local government budgets.

Council members have scheduled a meeting for 6:30 p.m. May 14 to consider approving the tax on second reading.

If approved a second time, the tax proposal goes before the county government's executive branch. Two of the three members of the Board of Commissioners have indicated they would veto the taxes as an unfair imposition on working men and women.

If so, the seven-member council would need five votes to override the veto and adopt the taxes.

The council attempted to adopt an income tax in 2007 but couldn't muster a supermajority to defeat a veto that year.

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