She also said Elkhart County government leaders expressed concern that the proper share of the local option income taxes are not being returned to the county’s governments. She said the concern stems from the high number of out-of-county workers in Elkhart County and undocumented workers and if those workers are filing income tax returns.
In February Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman expressed concern that not all of those taxes are getting back to local governments in a timely manner.
The tax is collected through employers and then moved to the state’s general fund. Distribution to counties is based on tax returns filed. Kauffman said in February the state should deposit LOIT funds into a separate account and keep track each month of the money paid into the fund by employers.
Rep. Wes Culver of Goshen authored a bill in the Indiana House that would have called for better state tracking of LOIT, but that bill failed to pass.
“We will research that with the department of revenue and try and get an answer and if there is an opportunity to do that better,” Ellspermann said. “I don’t think we have any illusion that we do everything perfectly at the state and that may be the best part of this tour is to understand how well we are working together in many ways and how we can work better together.”
Ellspermann said that while problems and regulations were discussed, so was the success of the local recreational vehicle industry and other businesses. “Many of them saw the economy turning the corner,” she said. “The RV industry is finally seeing people being able to get credit and make purchases to bring that industry back... There are certainly some positives that we are seeing in Indiana.”