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Pedestrian, hit by vehicle in Clark County, is seriously injured

New Carlisle eyeing income tax increase

Half-percent increase would fund police, road repairs.


New Carlisle officials may ask voters in November to approve a 5-year, half-percent income tax levy to help pay for police and road expenses.

Council members passed a resolution in support of the levy and are expected to vote on an ordinance to place the issue on the ballot tonight during its regularly scheduled meeting.

New Carlisle already has a 1 percent income tax and is expected to seek an additional .5 percent. The additional .5 percent would generate $500,000 to pay for police and road expenses, City Manager Kim Jones said.

Jones said council members had considered earlier this year placing a property tax on the ballot, but decided instead to place an income tax levy on the ballot after hearing from taxpayers.

“We have a lot of senior citizens and they are on fixed incomes. We were afraid if we did a property tax they would not be able to afford it,” Jones said.

She said an income tax levy would not impact residents who are retired and would be less of a burden on low-income residents.

“If you make more, you pay more,” Jones said.

New Carlisle currently has a contract with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, which has four deputies patrol the community for about $400,000 annually. The contract is currently paid through the city’s general fund.

The levy will help New Carlisle pay for new vehicles for sheriff’s deputies and equipment for cruisers.

Vice Mayor Mike Lowrey said the income tax would pay for the entire police contract and provide funds to pay for road repairs.

Lowery said he’s pleased officials listened to senior citizens who expressed concern about a new property tax.

“It will be a lot easier on them going this route,” Lowrey said.



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