DeKalb County raising income tax to pay for community corrections facility

The DeKalb County Council decided it will pay for the new facility with an income tax bond during a special meeting Monday.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 9:53 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 10:17 PM

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - People living in DeKalb County will take home less money to pay for a new community corrections center

The DeKalb County Council decided it will pay for the new facility with an income tax bond during a special meeting Monday.

The facility will go in the southwest corner of the county farm, between State Road 8 and County Road 40, just west of Auburn.

People in DeKalb County are split on the idea of having to pay for the facility.

"It's going to pay for itself. It's going to come out of taxes that's understandable," said Brenda Knight.

"It's kind of wrong, having to pay more taxes than what we are already," said Derick Todd.

The $6.7 million dollar bond will be paid for by a temporary income tax increase between .9 and 1.5 percent.

"The tax will go away as soon as they pay the bond off. The bond is scheduled for 10 years, but if they can pay it off early, we'll pay it off early the tax will go away early," said DeKalb County Commissioner Don Grogg.

Grogg said this means people, who don't collect Social Security, will pay an extra $40 to $75 a year.

The rate will depend on the actual cost of the facility, including the purchase of a strip of land connecting the property to State Road 8 for utilities.

Grogg adds this could help the city of Auburn continue to grow.

"That will make all this farm along State Road 8 more marketable for industry, or commercial or whatever," said Grogg.

He said the community corrections center will be great for the community because it will offer new programs for the county, such as work release.

"This will have 52 beds available for work release so they can, they'll have to live there, they'll have to be locked in and everything except for when they go to work," said Grogg.

That's something Knight felt the the county needs.

"They have to. I mean how else are they going to build a new one and house all the people that need to be housed," she said.

However, Todd is trying to figure out how to make ends meet.

"I'm struggling on my own. I've been out on my own for a year and it's very hard,"

Grogg said they hope to break ground on the community corrections Center in the spring.

The project is now in the design phase.

Grogg initially said a new county jail would immediately follow the corrections center, however those plans are on hold for the time being.

DeKalb County Sheriff Don Laur told WFFT in March the jail is capped at 80 inmates.

Lauer said because of the population cap, he has to send inmates to neighboring counties, such as Noble, Steuben and Lagrange, twice a week.

He anticipated to spend around $200,000 on outsourcing inmates.

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