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County lists legislative goals for 2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

Allen County government will pursue several issues in the Indiana General Assembly this year, the Board of Commissioners said this week.

The priorities will include reform of criminal sentencing funding that could shift non-violent felony inmates from the state to county correctional facilities; opposition to any legislation that would exempt septic systems from being compliant with state health codes; and legislation that would allow county recorders to fund their offices through fees instead of property taxes.

The county will oppose the elimination of the cable franchise fees, which would impact the county's budget by more than $200,000; the elimination of the personal property tax, which would result in a $20 million revenue loss for Allen County while shifting the burden other property taxes; and the creation of a state license for contractors that would supersede the authority of existing county building departments.

And it will support amending state law to allow a more appropriate tax-billing timeline; a law allowing local government to deposit and invest county tax pay dollars in federally owned credit unions; and a resolution naming a portion of the new US 24 in eastern Allen County in honor of State Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven, who died earlier this year.