Editorial: Is lobbyist best way to address tax issue?

The Tribune

It seems a bit odd to us that Jackson County Board of Commissioners has hired a lobbyist to talk with our state lawmakers in an effort to have a 0.1 percent county adjusted gross income tax rate restored.

Of course, we’re also at a loss for how that rate was allowed to simply slip off the books. The county should have requested a renewal of the special rate during the 2010 session of the Indiana General Assembly, but it did not, meaning the rate was allowed to expire.

Commissioners President Jerry Hounshel was correct when he said recently that someone dropped the ball when it came to asking the legislature to extend the rate two years ago. A costly drop of the ball indeed. To be fair, Hounshel was not a commissioner in 2010.

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