Lapel Fire Territory Seeks Income Tax Funds for Public Safety | New
ANDERSON — The vice president of the Lapel City Council has requested a portion of the local public safety income tax for distribution to local fire territories.
Chad Blake petitioned Madison County Council on Tuesday for funding from the county’s 2023 share of the Public Safety Income Tax.
Blake said state law allows fire territories to make such requests for funding before July 1 for public safety services in unincorporated areas of the county.
He said the distribution of the Public Safety Income Tax Fund is based on the population of government entities.
Last year, the Madison County Tax Board voted to increase the Public Safety Income Tax by 0.3%, with all funds shared by the county and all cities and towns based on the population.
Blake said Lapel had 1.79 votes on the tax board and the city would receive $200,000 if it got its fair share.
He said unincorporated areas of the Lapel/Stony Creek fire territory would be eligible for $82,000.
County Council Chairman Ben Gale said the council had not received a request to share public safety income tax funds for the fire territories.
Madison County is expected to receive $5.6 million next year from the tax, part of which will go towards building a new county jail.
The county tax board is the body that votes on the distribution of funds, county attorney Doug Kowalski said. All inquiries should be directed to this council.
Kowalski said any government entity with tax council votes can begin the process by passing an ordinance and sending it out to other communities with council votes.
The Madison County Tax Board includes Alexandria, Anderson, Elwood, all towns in the county, and the county for unincorporated areas.
Kowalski said it would take more than a majority tax council vote to distribute the funds to local fire territories.
He said any distribution of funds would come after the already established fund allocations are deducted from the total amount.
In other cases, State Senator Tim Lanane, who is chairman of the Madison County Bicentennial Committee, requested $25,000 to begin the planning process.
Lanane said Madison County, along with several other counties in Indiana, will celebrate the 200th anniversary of their formation.
He said the county was officially formed on November 10, 1823.
“We need to have a proper celebration for this historic event,” Lanane said. “A steering committee has been formed to plan an appropriate way to celebrate the bicentenary.
“We want to do it the right way.”
Lanane said there has been a lot of thought given to celebrating the county’s history, which will include an anniversary celebration on Nov. 23, 2023, and historic tours around the county.
He said Anderson’s 2013 celebration for 150 years of incorporation cost around $168,000.
“We haven’t determined the actual cost,” Lanane said. “We are asking for start-up funds to get started.”
Councilman Anthony Emery requested that the $25,000 funding request be placed on the agenda for the July council meeting.
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