Mayors, Governor Square Off on Tax Proposal

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A group of mayors will meet with Governor Mike Pence Tuesday afternoon to discuss business personal property tax proposals being considered at the Statehouse. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he is hopeful the governor will present alternatives to proposed cuts that would be "satisfactory to all units of government." Winnecke is part of a coalition of mayors calling on state lawmakers to guarantee revenue replacement if the tax is completely phased out. He testified Monday before the House Ways and Means Committee.

In addition to concerns over lost revenue, Winnecke says the tax burden should not shift from businesses to individuals. He hopes the proposals will be sent to a summer study committee.

The meeting is set for 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.

February 10, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Board of Directors and several Hoosier mayors will speak against the impact of the current personal property tax proposals under consideration by the Indiana General Assembly.

What: The mayors will voice their specific concerns about HB 1001, SB 1 and any elimination of Indiana’s personal property tax without full replacement revenues guaranteed by the State.

Speakers: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, Angola Mayor Dick Hickman, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

Time: 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11

Where: Hyatt Downtown Indianapolis

Studio One

One South Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Replace Don’t Erase: In an effort to communicate with one clear voice the consequences of eliminating all or some of the personal property tax without full replacement revenues, IACT invited the statewide organizations of all affected local units to join Replace Don’t Erase. Our hope is that by working together we can effectively communicate the seriousness of eliminating some or all personal property tax revenues without a state implemented replacement of these dollars. The quality of our schools, public safety departments, infrastructure, programs and ability to develop livable communities depends on the limited resources currently available. Changes to these revenue streams need to be made with utmost deliberation and full consideration for how the funds will otherwise be generated.

Source: Indiana Association of Cities and Towns

Andy Ober, InsideINdianaBusiness.com