Business tax, criminal code areas of concern for officials in 2014

    Adams County Commission President Doug Bauman pronounced the county “in pretty good shape, overall,” at Monday afternoon’s State of the County address at the Woodcrest Retirement Center.
    Bauman expressed “some concerns over legislation” pending in the Indiana General Assembly, “but financially were in good shape, despite the fact that revenue” continues to decline. The commissioner specifically singled out a proposal by Governor Mike Pence to eliminate Indiana’s tax on business equipment and the revision of the state’s criminal code as two areas of “major concern” for local governments.  
    The loss of income from the elimination of the business personal property tax could potentially create a $5.5 million loss of revenue for the county, Bauman said, while changes to the criminal code could see “as many as 70 additional people in our county jail,” Bauman warned as prisoners are moved from state to local facilities.
    But while there were a few areas of concern, Bauman’s address was primarily positive, as he spoke of the importance of a collaborative effort in the maintenance of county government. “No one is exactly sure how the pyramids were built,” Bauman stated in opening his address, “but it is very evident that it was a collaborative effort.
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