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Local budgets are being stretched farther than ever, and figuring out how the state budget affects local budgets is sometimes difficult. Purdue Extension offers resources to help.


On Local Government

The Personal Property Tax

Friday, March 7, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

Professor Larry DeBoer, Purdue University, Agricultural Economics


 Indiana Governor Pence has proposed a one billion dollar change in local finances:  elimination of the tax on personal property.  The intent is to reduce the tax burden on business investment, and encourage firms to locate and expand in Indiana.  The problem is the resulting tax shift to other taxpayers, including homeowners, and the loss of revenue for local government services. 

Larry DeBoer will discuss this issue, including the research on the effect of taxes and public services on economic development, the reasons for tax shifts to other taxpayers, the size and locations of revenue losses, and some of the alternate proposals for partial reductions of personal property taxes that are being considered by the Indiana General Assembly.

This program will be delivered via video streaming and can be viewed from any of the locations listed here.  View at a local host site or participate live online via a personal computer.  The workshop is free.  Please register by noon, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.



Past Programs

Local Option Income Taxes and the Property Tax Caps

Recap of the 2013 Budget and Road Funding

The 2013 State Budget- February 2013

The 2012 Property Tax- October 2012

Local Option Income Taxes and the State Budget- May 2012

The Economy, the State Budget & Farmland Taxes- February 2012

What Have We Learned About the Property Tax Caps - October 2011

Links to the September 2010 program are:

Archives of past sessions are available at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/ecd/streaming.html.

Capital Comments Podcasts
Dr. DeBoer's monthly column, Capital Comments, appears in several newspapers across the state. Audio podcast-versions of his columns are available here.

Local Government Finance Website
This website includes a vast amount of data and information related to local government finance.