CHESTERTON | The Duneland School Corp. board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the elimination of business personal property tax during its meeting on Wednesday night.
The proposal, which has been made by Gov. Mike Pence and is currently being debated in the General Assembly, seeks to eliminate taxes on business equipment, also known as business personal property tax.
The School Board resolution argues that the “elimination of business personal property from assessed value will reduce the total assessed value and result in an increase to most tax rates.”
This would impact the district’s referendum fund and would “mean an annual loss of over $1.4 million dollars in revenue that had already been approved by the patrons of the Duneland school community.”
Superintendent Dr. David Pruis read the resolution that also stated the impact to county governments, townships, fire departments, airports, and libraries in addition to schools by removing “over one billion dollars of revenue needed.” The resolution urged local elected officials to oppose the legislation.
The board also elected new officers for 2014 which was unanimously passed. Ralph Ayres is president, Kristin Kroeger will be vice president and Ron Stone is secretary.
Ayres immediately made a presentation to outgoing President Mike Trout, who continues as a regular board member. Ayres thanked him on behalf of the board for his tireless work over the past year.
The board also voted to continue the meeting schedule for 6 p.m. the first Monday of each at the administration building and it affirmed keeping the same compensation for board members as the past year.
Additionally, members re-elected John Marshall as ISBA legislation liaison and delegate; reappointed the law firm of Harris, Welsh, and Lukmann as legal counsel; and reappointed Dr. John Forchetti as corporation physician.
The board appointed Trout, Ayres, and Marshall to the redevelopment commissions of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter, respectively.
The Duneland School Corp. board of finance elected the same slate of officers as the School Board and by state statute they met during the meeting to review bank documents.