At the full Board Meeting of The lake County Board on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, County Board Member Dick Barr made an impassioned plea for the necessity of lowering property taxes. Citing that property taxes have never been lowered in at least 20 years, as far back as his data goes. Barr presented data going back to 2020 showing major decreases in new business development (90%), as well as the County’s Property Tax Levy increasing by 100% in that same time frame.
A resolution to increase the 2020 levy by $605,000 was presented to the Board to vote on. Barr attempted to amend the resolution to freeze the levy, which would have provided tax savings to existing tax payers, albeit slight. He argues that while the savings are small, it is necessary to start a trajectory in the right direction.
Barr’s amendment failed to get the 11 votes necessary to pass. 6 Board Members voted in favor of Barr’s amendment, including Republicans Michael Danforth, Judy Martini, Brent Paxton, Ann Maine, and one Democrat, Diane Hewitt.
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