The Bloomington City Council is considering increasing a local tax to pay for repairs to city sidewalks.
The council met with the city controller Wednesday to discuss increasing the tax rate that supplies the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.
The current rate is 4.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The city wants to increase the rate to 5 cents per $100. That would add an extra $100,000 a year to the annual tax income.
The city would use the money to repair cracked and damaged sidewalks throughout Bloomington.
Council member Dave Rollo says increasing the tax rate makes sense, but he has concerns. He worries the tax would have the largest impact on those who have assessed values of less than $250,000.
“It’s small, but it’s going to come from lower to middle income residents,” Rollo says. “So that’s why I called it regressive, and it’s another, essentially, impact of the cap that was placed from the state legislature on municipalities like our own.”
Rollo says he wants to explore a grant program that gives residents who make below a certain income a break on the tax.
“More and more often I see taxes being – the burden of taxes being transferred to the middle and lower class in our society. And this frustrates me a great deal,” Rollo says.
The council gave the proposal its preliminary approval. It will take a final vote next week.