Local Income Tax Bill Seeks To Address Funding Issue Raised In Fort Wayne

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) --- A state lawmaker from Fort Wayne says city government would be barred from using a local income tax hike in the manner it did this year, if a bill he is pushing at the Statehouse gets approved and signed into law.

The issue has to do with money earmarked to help out public safety entities.

Fort Wayne lawmaker Bob Morris sponsored a bill that would prevent governments from transferring money from one line item, before replenishing it with "LOIT" dollars.

Language in the bill was defeated in a vote in late February, but Morris says he's working with Representative Eric Turner to try to get it re-slotted to be considered again before this session of the Indiana General Assembly ends this week.

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