Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tax Increases Proposed by Mayor Ballard in 2008

If anyone wonders why I and other Republicans are disgusted with Mayor Greg Ballard's performance in office, one need only look at the tax increases he pushed in 2009.

  • 1% increase in Marion County hotel tax (Passed) (Note the tax increase resulted in Indianapolis having the highest combined hotel/sales tax in the country)
  • 2% increase in Marion County car rental tax (Passed)
  • 4% increase in ticket taxes on all events at facilities the Capital Improvement Board operates, including Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse (Passed)
  • 1/2% increase in local Food & Beverage Tax (Rejected by legislature)
  • 100% increase in Alcohol Tax (Rejected by legislature

Business taxes currently pending before the Indianapolis City-County Council.

  • Taxicabs: $100 to $471.
  • Taxicab drivers: $20 to $283.
  • Sidewalk cafes: $169 to $591
  • Pet shops and kennels: $25 to $559
  • Trash haulers: $20 to $479
  • Hotels: $20 to $603
  • Pay telephones: $52 to $114
  • Transient merchants: $20 to $213
  • Massage parlors: $250 to $559
  • Massage therapists, escorts and nude models: $25 to $92
  • Installation of new water heater in home or business: $25 to $153 (if venting or fuel type is changed)
  • Scrap dealers: $200 to $823
  • Vendor cart renewals: $100 to $273
  • Block parties or other special events with a street closing: $25 to $113-$683 (higher fee for events with multiple street closures, food, entertainment and security.)
  • Horse-drawn carriages: $20 to $77
  • General construction inspections: $40-$50 to $107
  • Zoning variance to change permitted use of homes: $200 to $579
  • Zoning variance of use for a business: $900 to $1,999
  • Pay parking garages: $20 to $475.

Believe it or not, that's only a partial list for 2009. But, hey, I doubt the Democrats noticed, right?


Advance Indiana said...

You forgot the water rate increases.

Paul K. Ogden said...

True. I'll have to add those in.

Indy Student said...

Councilman Cockrum also wrote up a piece to make the temporary COIT Peterson era tax permanent. It passed the council and Ballard signed it.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I see this morning they may end up proposing a transportion or commuter tax.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Do you mean 2009?

Paul K. Ogden said...


Yes I did mean 2009. (Now corrected.) I must be living in a time warp.