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Bridge tax rate topic of future county hearing

March 5, 2019

The Allen County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing regarding possible changes to the county’s major bridge tax rate. 

But it’s unclear when that hearing will happen. 

“Looking to keep Allen County’s bridges maintained in a safe and sound fashion, the Board of Commissioners has been seeking input from representatives of cities and towns,” spokesman Mike Green said in a news release Monday. “One option that has been examined is adjusting the major bridge tax rate.”

The release did not include a date.  

State law allows funds generated by the tax to be used for constructing, maintaining or repairing bridges, approaches and grade separations on all bridges. Changes to the rate would have to be adopted locally and submitted to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance by May 1. If approved, the change would not take effect until 2020. 

The county highway department maintains bridges throughout Allen County, except in Fort Wayne and New Haven. Those cities announced in 2017 that they would be handling repair and maintenance for bridges located within the Fort Wayne and New Haven city limits.

At that time, both cities cited increased costs under an existing interlocal agreement as the reason for the change. 

dgong@jg.net