2017-05-17 / Front Page

Paying for local government in Carroll County

Property and income tax distributions and relationships to be explained
By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

DeBoer DeBoer The 2017 Carroll County Tax Rate Chart has appeared as a legal advertisement in the Carroll County Comet for the past three weeks. A seminar will be held June 1 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Event & Education Center in Flora to help county leaders understand the overall county tax rate, the individual tax rates for taxing entities such as the City of Delphi, the towns of Camden, Flora, Yeoman and Burlington and townships as well as the Area Plan Commission, the Health Department among others.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Comet and the Carroll County Purdue Extension office. Food will be provided by the Delphi Retail Business and Service Association. The featured speaker will be professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, Larry DeBoer.

DeBoer joined the Purdue faculty in 1984. He studies state and local government public policy, including such topics as government budget and taxing options, issues of property tax assessment, local government revenue options and the fiscal impact of economic development.

Prof. DeBoer worked with the Indiana Legislative Services Agency (LSA) on tax and finance issues from 1988 to 2014 and continues to contribute to LSA’s annual property tax analysis.

Governmental leaders will be sent letters of invitation to the event as will the school boards and superintendents for area schools. All township government leaders and community members are also invited to attend.

Information to be discussed includes a comparison of the tax rates between each township and town, the City of Delphi and the county. The relationship tax rates have with the overall county tax rates will be explained as well as the effect changing one tax rate has on other taxing entities and taxpayers.

Attendees will learn how the county tax rate is developed and what entities are authorized to raise or lower tax rates.

The seminar is open to the public. DeBoer will answer questions from the audience. Those who desire to submit questions in advance can send them to dlowe@carrollcountycomet.com.

All persons attending are asked to enter the Learning Center through the new North Door with the awning.

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