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New Taxes in South Bend

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:22 am

St. Joseph County council passes tax hike for 2020

1/9/2019: Tribune Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES The County-City Building in South Bend. The St. Joseph County Council voted Tuesday against a proposal for a $4.2 million financial computer system. St. Joseph County, County-City building on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in South Bend.

SOUTH BEND — The St. Joseph County Council voted 5-3 Tuesday to implement a tax hike in 2020 to help cover expenses for information technology costs, equipment purchases and some building repairs.

In February, the council twice tabled a decision on raising tax rates that go toward the county’s cumulative capital development fund. The increase was also introduced in prior years, but didn’t pass.

Council members Robert Kruszynski, Jr., Mark Telloyan and Mark Root voted against the measure, with Richard Pfeil absent Tuesday.

With the increase, the fund’s annual draw is expected to rise from about $1.1 million to $2.1 million in 2020, with tax rates rising from 1.8 to 3.3 cents per $100 of assessed value, said county auditor Mike Hamann.

“This is the third attempt to do this,” Hamann said Wednesday. “If you’ve got a net assessed value of $100,000, you’re probably going to see an increase of about four bucks (annually).”

That impact will likely only be felt by homeowners living outside the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, where property tax rates are high enough that the state mandated circuit breaker tax caps would limit increases.

The hike, Hamann said, is the result of a state law that requires the draw for cumulative capital development funds to dwindle over time without annual re-approval from county councils.

Most of the additional funds will go toward expenses for the county’s IT processes and the money will also be available for plans to consolidate the county garages and for building repairs in the County-City Building. ... bpoI5QOJ0s
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