Lake County residents will go to the polls next month to decide whether or not a new tax levy should be imposed on the county’s property owners. In July, Lake County Commissioners passed a resolution by a vote of 4-to-1 establishing a tax levy to help fund repairs and maintenance for roads and bridges in the county. The tax levy is 90-cents per thousand dollars of taxable valuation.
The resolution could be referred to a public vote if petitions with at least five percent of the registered voters in the county were submitted to the county Auditor’s office by Monday’s deadline. Auditor Bobbi Janke said late Monday afternoon that petitions with enough valid signatures had been submitted, therefore setting up the referendum election.
Janke said the election will be held on September 26th.
During the commission’s discussion of the resolution in July, Janke said that the road and bridge tax levy would generate a total of more than one-point-three-five million dollars. The resolution states the tax levy is to start with calendar year 2017 taxes payable in the calendar year 2018.