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?

6 comments:

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...

HEI,

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