House Republicans begin efforts to ease taxpayers' burden
(STATEHOUSE) Nov. 20, 2007 - House Republicans used Organization Day as the start of their efforts to ease Hoosier taxpayers' property tax burden with permanent and comprehensive reform.
Organization Day is usually a largely ceremonial affair, with members being sworn in and little business taking place, but today's session had more substance than usual, with the introduction of legislation dealing with the property tax crisis.
"It is essential that we replace spending dollar for dollar with no hidden increases," said state Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla). "We need to find a permanent way to reduce homeowners' property tax burden.
"Time and again, the status quo has proven to not work. A hard cap on homes assessed values will ensure that homeowners will not see drastic increases on a year by year basis."
House Republicans are prepared for this challenge with an open-minded approach and a commitment to bipartisan support. We understand that Hoosier taxpayers are tired of time-consuming and expensive one-time fixes. They want the General Assembly to find a fair solution that is lasting, and our team is committed to doing just that.