To me, this whole matter smells to high heaven. If others also feel the county is raising taxes for an unjust reason and putting the cart before the horse in collecting taxes that are as yet undetermined, I encourage them to speak up. I’ll be happy to pay what I owe based on a fair assessment, when that assessment is finally determined.
— Dennis Feiock, New Albany
Clark Council member opposes tax in bill
Please act now and contact your state representative and state senator to let them know you oppose letting a county income tax council impose a county motor vehicle excise surtax and wheel tax (only the county council is permitted by current state law to impose these taxes).
Because three county council members are elected at-large and four are elected from districts, a countywide motor vehicle excise surtax and wheel tax can now only be passed by county council members who collectively represent all of the county population.
Here’s some background:
The Indiana Senate passed SB 389 on Jan. 29 by a 37-11 vote. However, SB 389 did not progress any further through the General Assembly legislative process because the identical bill HB 1117 was defeated in the Indiana House on Feb. 18 by a 31-67 vote. Only 68 General Assembly members voted to permit a county income tax council to impose a countywide motor vehicle excise surtax and wheel tax, while 78 members voted against this taxpayer unfriendly scheme to circumvent the American concept of government where laws are passed by public servants who represent a majority of the citizens who will be impacted by those laws.
Even though the majority of General Assembly members have already voted against allowing the imposition of a countywide motor vehicle excise surtax and wheel tax by a county income tax council, this repudiated taxpayer unfriendly approach has been included in the version of the state budget bill (Indiana House Bill 1001) that is now in conference committee.
We must let our General Assembly public servants know that we disapprove of the unethical maneuver to include in our state budget bill HB 1001 the already-defeated county income tax council scheme to impose countywide motor vehicle excise surtaxes and wheel taxes.
— Kelly Khuri, Clark County Council member