Lake County's stalemate over tax continues

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A stalemate seems likely to continue over adopting a local income tax in the only Indiana county without one.

The Lake County Council voted 4-3 Monday in favor of starting the 1.5 percent tax. The proposal now goes to the Board of Commissioners for the northwestern Indiana county, but The Times of Munster reports two of the three commissioners have said they'll vote to veto it on Friday.

Supporters of the tax say more than 300 jobs have been cut from the county government in the last five years. They say more cuts will hurt public safety services.

Republican councilman Eldon Strong voted against the tax, saying an internal audit and consolidation of county facilities must come first.

All 91 other Indiana counties have local income taxes.

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