The New Reality of Local Government Finance in the Age of Circuit Breaker Tax Caps

(Formerly "Innovations in Local Public Finance Workshop")
Building Better Communities
Future Dates to be Determined 

How can your community adapt in the changing landscape of Indiana public finance? During this half-day workshop, learn how Indiana municipalities are financed, discuss recent tax structure changes, and discover alternatives to property taxes.

You will learn how:

  • Indiana communities are funded and sustained
  • Local Option Income Taxes (LOITs) work
  • to determine ways to increase revenues and/or decrease the cost of providing services
  • property tax caps affect taxpayers and local governments

What previous attendees have had to say about this workshop: 

  • "This program was a game changer for anybody who has questions related to municipal finance."
  • "A 'treasure' chest of valuable information"
  • "Made a rather dry topic riveting"

The presenters:

John Stafford, Director, Community Research Institute, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Larry DeBoer, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

The workshop agenda:

 8:30 a.m.


 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

 9:05 a.m.  

How We Got Here - Ten Years of Significant Change in Local Government Finance
John Stafford

  • Overview of Indiana municipal finance

 10:05 a.m. 


 10:15 a.m. 

The New Reality of Local Government Finance in the Age of Circuit Breaker Tax Caps
Larry DeBoer

  • Property tax caps change everything
  • Why some local governments lose a lot to the tax caps, and others don't
  • Statewide trends in tax cap credits
  • The effect of local option income taxes on property taxes and tax caps
  • Examples of how communities are dealing with tax structure changes





When: Future Dates to be Determined
Where: Ball State Indianapolis Center
Cost: $39 (This price includes workshop materials and a continental breakfast.)

If you have questions, please contact Building Better Communities Education and Training Director Sarah Browning or call 765-285-2773 for more information.

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