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On Local Government
Recap of the 2013 State Budget & Road Funding
Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT
Professor Larry DeBoer, Purdue University, Agricultural Economics
The General Assembly likely will pass a budget for the 2013-2015 biennium by the end of April. Questions remain about how much will be appropriated for K-12 education, higher education, Medicaid, and other state functions. Questions also remain about whether income taxes will be cut. By the end of April we'll know the answers. Both the House and Senate versions of the budget make major changes in road funding, increasing state distributions available to local highway and street departments. The Senate budget, however, requires the adoption of the motor vehicle surtax and wheel tax before this added distribution can be received. By the end of April we'll know have the final amounts and rules for this added road funding.
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, Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
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:
- Indiana's State Budget: Fiscal Year 2011 (9 min, 34 sec)
- Indiana's State Budget: The Coming Biennium (9 min, 45 sec)
- Tax Cap Referenda November 2, 2010, Part 1 (10 min, 7 sec)
- Tax Cap Referenda November 2, 2010, Part 2 (10 min, 12 sec)
- Maximum Levy Growth Quotient (9 min, 18 sec)
- Local Income Tax Distributions (10 min, 10 sec)
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.