FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lance Gideon, Press Secretary
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2023) — A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would authorize the city of Jasper to adopt a 1% food and beverage tax passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 46-3.
Senate Bill 428 would allow Jasper to fund a sports and aquatic center in the city.
Similar taxes have been implemented in 53 other communities throughout Indiana.
"The proposed sports and aquatic center in Jasper will give local families something to do throughout the year and add to the quality of life and place in southwest Indiana," Messmer said. "I am happy to see Senate Bill 428 receive such widespread support by the Indiana Senate."
The bill also authorizes the town of Merrillville to establish a food and beverage tax to pay for an 18,000-square-foot addition to the Dean and Barbara White Community Center.
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
Legislative calendars, agendas, vote tallies, live streams and proposed legislation can be viewed online by visiting iga.in.gov.
State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) represents Senate District 48, which
includes Crawford, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike and Spencer counties.
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