Police officers, firefighters and politicians packed Tuesday's Tippecanoe County Council meeting where the council approved a public safety income tax in a 6 to 1 vote. (Photo: Ron Wilkins/Journal & Courier)
Police officers, firefighters and politicians packed Tuesday's Tippecanoe County Council meeting where the council approved a public safety income tax in a 6 to 1 vote. (Photo: Ron Wilkins/Journal & Courier)
LAFAYETTE — The first step to a higher local income tax to fund public safety cleared the Tippecanoe County Council in a 6-to-1 vote.

Councilman Roland Winger was the sole opponent to the tax increase, and he took time during the meeting to explain his objections.

Other council members voiced their support of the proposed 0.18 percent increase to the local income tax, which was reflected in the vote.

The tax increase still needs approval from either West Lafayette or Lafayette's city councils to produce a majority in the county's income tax board. That board is made of councils in the cities, county and incorporated town, and each board members percentage is weighted based on their respective populations.

So if Lafayette or West Lafayette approves the higher income tax, it will clear the 51 percent of representatives to the tax board needed to be adopted.

While the tax increase is not officially a done deal, it appears likely income taxes for those living in Tippecanoe County will increase in 2020.
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