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Councilman Arp responds to business personal property tax outcome

(Kayla Blakeslee/WOWO News )

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):  The proposal to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax did not prevail and now the councilman who proposed the elimination of the tax is following up with a few thoughts.

City Councilman Jason Arp, tells WOWO News, he’s just glad it was brought up as a topic of conversation.

“I’m just extremely happy and excited for Fort Wayne, that we actually had the discussion about eliminating a tax, when was the last time a municipality actually talked about eliminating a tax,” Arp said.

Arp went on to say that he thinks the elimination of the tax will come up again in the future. Meanwhile, he says he’s working on reviewing Fort Wayne’s code for firearm laws.

He says, the Summit City is out of compliance with the state law.

“State law prevents municipalities from regulating firearms and we do have a prohibition on firearms in city parks which would be out of compliance with state law,” Arp said. “You should not be able to prohibit someone that is legally licensed to carry a handgun from being able to carry it in those parks.”

He went on to say, that in the case, local law does not supersede state law because in 2011, Indiana passes a firearms prevent act, which prohibits any municipality from prohibiting firearms laws.

RELATED: Fort Wayne Mayor Henry raises concerns over business personal property tax

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