How do you feel about taxing commuters to supplement promotion of the cityÃ¢??s convention industry? The idea was floated in
an article by IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle about the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association asking for more money to attract events to the expanded
Indiana Convention Center.
The ICVA wants $3 million to $5 million more a year from a major funding source, the Capital Improvement Board, which has
its own financial problems operating Lucas Oil Stadium and other properties.
City-County Council President Bob Cockrum suggested a tax of 0.25 percent on incomes of people living in outlying counties
but working in Marion County.
Past discussions about a commuter tax have gone nowhere for fear of driving more businesses out of Marion County. Yet, Indianapolis
officials point out that surrounding counties benefit plenty from their proximity to IndianapolisÃ¢??and scarcely lift a finger