Rep. Culver discussing legislation with another representative on the House floor.

Rep. Culver discussing legislation with another representative on the House floor.

by Indiana Rep. Wes Culver
R-49th District
Goshen

I oppose Elkhart County’s proposed local option income tax for four reasons. The first and most important is because it seems incredibly wrong that the county wants every taxpayer, every family, to reduce their income by 1 percent while at the same time commissioners are wanting to give county government employees a pay raise.

The second reason I oppose the new tax is that raising taxes and taking money from taxpayer reduces purchasing power of the consumer, hurts the economy and delays our recovery.

My third reason is that our commissioners have decided to hire a lobbying firm to help them get this new tax approved. I find it humorous that they point to a time in Elkhart County’s history when a lobbyist was hired to help secure special funding to build our current county jail. This jail is oversized and much of it sits empty and unused. Yet taxpayers must give a portion of their weekly paycheck now, and for many years to come, to pay for it.

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