The House wants to give counties another tool to attract businesses and jobs – if the county chooses to exercise that option. Given the gravity of this tax and its implications on local governments, we will work with our Senate counterparts in order to find common ground so further strain isn’t put on local budgets.
This is about competing for jobs in the Midwest, as our surrounding states either do not have this tax or it is administered at a lower rate. Indiana’s border counties that compete directly with Ohio and Illinois — states that do not tax personal property, Michigan — a state that intends to phase out the personal property tax, or Kentucky — a state that taxes personal property at a lower average rate than Indiana, are all in tough positions to compete, and we want to change that.
Buddy, our three-legged golden retriever, has enjoyed staying in our attached garage this long winter. Normally, his shelter is in the machine shed, but this weather has been far too extreme. He’s been enjoying the low heat of our garage. Even as he ages, he is a very active dog.
My neighbor and LP gas supplier said that the customer price for LP is down to $3.84 per gallon. She is cautiously optimistic that the prices and supply will continue to improve. Many of the residents of House District 23 have been gouged by these ridiculous prices, and my hope is that we can address the “gougers” in some way.
Session is approaching the end. Stay in touch.
Bill Friend, is a Republican representing District 23 in the Indiana House of Representatives. You can reach him at 317-232-9831.