Rich James’ April 10 column regarding the proposed Lake County income tax incorporates two glaringly false assumptions:
- He says the new tax is needed because of our declining quality of life. While my quality of life might or might not be declining, my quality of life is certainly not dependent on the lack of another tax being imposed upon me as a property owner. How does James arrive at this inexplicable notion?
- He says the new tax is needed for property tax relief. He, and other tax advocates, somehow, fail to spell out how much property taxes will decline. This is because, of course, property taxes won’t decline. A new tax will simply give local government more money to inefficiently manage, and will reduce the pressure on local governments to find ways to cut costs. There is always room for improvement, in spite of what James says.
James’ column hearkens back to the same old Lake County call to tax its way out of inefficiency and financial problems.
As a former Indiana governor once said, Lake County can be as inefficient as it can afford to be. With this new tax, it will continue to do so.
- Tim Kinach, Crown Point