DeKalb County is taking another look at the buggy tax

DEKALB COUNTY, Indiana (WANE) – After several months of deliberation, the DeKalb County Commissioners are again considering a buggy tax.

It is a proposal that seems Sisyphean at this point, as the Commissioners have come closer but ultimately failed to find sufficient support by the end of September.

On Monday, however, the commissioners agreed to vote on a new regulation at their next meeting on November 21.

All three commissioners shared the same concerns about road damage, and when they sought advice from other counties with large Amish populations, they determined that the existing ordinances are not lucrative enough to cover road repairs.

“It sounds like they’re right behind the 8-ball at LaGrange,” Commissioner Bill Hartman said at Monday’s meeting.

While all commissioners believe that a flat fee for each buggy with no discounts for additional plates is the best solution, they have not yet settled on a price point.

Commissioner Todd Sanderson proposed a fee of $250 per record.

Commissioner Mike Watson responded by saying $250 wasn’t a terrible price, noting that those who drive 10,000 miles at 20 miles per gallon in a year pay a similar amount in gas tax.

Hartman suggested a little less: $200 a plate, which both Sanderson and Watson thought was reasonable.

In addition to license plate fees, the commissioners discussed introducing a fine for not having a license plate and agreed that the cost should be about the same as acquiring a license plate.

One final change that the commissioners have been talking about to add to the existing buggy regulations is a slight requirement.

The clients were unanimous in favor of an amber-colored lamp that was visible from all sides.

“What we’re saying is a single light that glows 360 degrees and is yellow, $200 per plate and a $200 fine on top of that if you’re caught without a plate, and no discount for multiple plates,” Sanderson said.

In the past, a buggy tax was met with an outcry from residents, leading to halting progress on an amended regulation.

https://www.wane.com/top-stories/dekalb-county-looks-at-buggy-tax-again/ DeKalb County is taking another look at the buggy tax

Dais Johnston

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