Bill would reverse court ruling defining tax – Niki Kelly – The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – A House panel approved a bill Monday that would reverse a court ruling on what constitutes a tax in Indiana.

Lawmakers are trying to undo an Indiana Tax Court ruling that could have profound negative impacts on local government finance around the state.

But even some of the legislators in support of the measure disagree with the basis of the bill – a user fee versus a tax.

Rep. John Young, R-Franklin, said he isn’t sure the case “is going to turn everything on its head” but that it puts the legislature in a tough position.

He added that you can call them fees all you want but “I don’t know why a stormwater fee that you can’t opt out of isn’t a property tax.”

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Merrillville community center could be partially funded by $14.9 million bond – Chas Reilly – KokomoPerspective.com

MERRILLVILLE — The estimated cost to construct a new community center hasn’t been determined, but town officials have been discussing a potential bond issue to help fund the development.

Recent discussions have involved pursuing a tax increment financing district bond of $14.9 million.

Town Council President Richard Hardaway said Merrillville hasn’t finalized the amount of the potential bond because town leaders are waiting for a final cost estimate for the construction of the center that will be located on land Merrillville has acquired in the 6600 block of Broadway.

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