Evansville City Leaders Oppose Proposed Tax Repeal

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is proposing the elimination of business personal property tax. It's considered a money-saver for businesses, but some Evansville city leaders oppose the idea.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is proposing the elimination of business personal property tax. It's considered a money-saver for businesses but some Evansville city leaders oppose the idea.

The House Ways and Means Committee is slated to discuss the possibility of eliminating the personal property tax on businesses Tuesday. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, R-Evansville, and City Council President John Friend, D-5th Ward, will be in Indianapolis to oppose the proposal. The city estimates repealing the tax would translate to a $7.3 million reduction in revenue from the general fund, which would directly affect public safety and parks.

"That's going to affect what General Fund funds -- and that is safety. A lot of it is police and fire," said Friend. "It's not justifiable to start laying off or not acquiring new police and fire fighters."

Both Winnecke and Friend say the tax repeal would be detrimental to Evansville and other cities across the Hoosier state, unless lawmakers find a 100-percent replacement of revenue.

Tune into Eyewitness News Tuesday evening for coverage of the committee meeting from the Indiana Statehouse.
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