Schererville council opposes Lake county income tax

2013-05-09T18:45:00Z 2013-05-09T22:18:15Z Schererville council opposes Lake county income taxChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | The Schererville Town Council has declared its opposition to a county income tax just in time for a meeting in which the Lake County Board of Commissioners could veto the tax package.

The council unanimously decided on Wednesday to issue a letter to the Lake County Council and Board of Commissioners to ask them to vote against the 1.5 percent personal income tax on all county residents and out-of-state residents working in Lake.

"We owe it to Schererville residents," Councilman Jerry Tippy said.

Tippy said he has analyzed the tax, and he can't find a way in which it would benefit the town.

Town Council President Rob Guetzloff said Schererville's council believes the economy isn't at its best and Schererville residents can't afford to be taxed more than what they are. He said it's important for Lake County officials to know Schererville's position on the income tax.

The Lake County Council voted 4-3 Monday to approve the tax.

The Board of Commissioners meets at 8:30 a.m. today to consider the measure. It's expected the panel will veto the tax.

If that happens, the tax would return to the County Council for another vote, as early as Tuesday, where a supermajority of five County Council members would be needed to override a veto.

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