Monday, March 02, 2009
Township Residents Double-Taxed For Fire Protection
If you live in fire districts for Pike, Lawrence, Wayne, Decatur, Perry or Franklin townships, you are being taxed twice for township fire protection and the fire protection for those covered by the Indianapolis Fire Department to the tune of more than $10 million a year according to the Star's Brendan O'Shaughnessy. The double taxation affects about 450,000 residents. This anomaly came about largely as a result of former Mayor Bart Peterson's 65% increase in the local option income tax, which allocates revenues to the IFD. That should be an impetus to those townships to merge with IFD. That's not how Sen. Mike Young sees it. "The city is taking our (township) taxpayers' money and then paying for the (city) fire department?" Young asked. "That's not right. I want that money back." Consolidation legislation which would merge the county's township fire departments into IFD has stalled in the Senate, where Young led the charge against the merger.