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The struggling Elkhart County recreational vehicle manufacturing industry is one step closer to receiving relief, as Indiana House Bill 1490 passed third and final reading by a vote of 99-0. According to Inside Indiana Business, the bill would exempt sales tax on recreational vehicles and cargo trailers for out-of-state consumers.
Reps. Wes Culver (R-Goshen), Tim Neese (R-Elkhart) and Jackie Walorski (R-Jimtown), who represent Elkhart County in the Indiana House, have been strong proponents of the exemption and partnered with Rep. Craig Fry (D-Mishawaka) in a bipartisan effort to provide relief to the Northern Indiana economy.
“This bill assists in job creation,” said Neese. “Cutting the sales tax on RVs creates incentives for out-of-state buyers coming to Elkhart County, helps bridge the economic gap and will assist the local economy.”
Culver, Neese and Walorski are co-authors of the bill, and Rep. Culver joined Rep. Walorski in authoring a similar bill to create these sales tax exemptions, HB 1533.
“This is just a small provision, but it means a lot to our industry here in Elkhart County,” said Culver. “I’m happy the bill received unanimous bipartisan support. It’s clear this bill will help the difficult situation we face in Northern Indiana.”
HB 1490 now heads to the Senate for consideration.
“The overwhelming support for this bill illustrates the seriousness of Elkhart County’s current economic situation,” Walorski said. “Even more, I think legislators from every corner of the state realize that times aren’t good anywhere, and their districts might soon be facing similar dire effects of this recession.”