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New Budget May Cost Region More for Road Improvements

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Region residents may have to start shelling out more money if they want northwest Indiana road conditions to improve. The measure is part of the 2014-2015 budget, and according to published reports Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, and Porter Counties do not assess either the vehicle excise or wheel tax, which would be required as part of House Bill 1001. Proponents of the bill say it is only fair that local governments get as much revenue as possible from local sources before asking for additional funding. The Times reports State Representative Chuck Moseley, of Portage, says it seems the state is holding tax payers money hostage until they agree to pay even more. The legislation now heads to a House-Senate conference committee.
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