[r18] Democrat April Fool's Joke: No Tax Caps This Year (4/1/2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Start Date: 4/1/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/1/2009
STATEHOUSE (April 1, 2009) - House Republicans today challenged every House Democrat to call on Speaker Pat Bauer to allow a vote on permanent tax caps this session. As members of the House Republican Caucus gathered in front of the Caps Clock counting down the time left to act on Senate Joint Resolution 1 this session, Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) urged Democrat representatives to join Republicans in signing a petition supporting an immediate vote on the tax cap resolution. "We shouldn't put this off another year," Rep. Wolkins said. "We are ready and it's the right time to add the property tax caps to the state constitution." On display with the House Republicans were several large pledge cards with signatures of House members who support an immediate vote on SJR 1. Senate Joint Resolution 1 contains the constitutional amendment permanently capping homeowners' property taxes at 1 percent of assessed value. Both houses of the General Assembly passed SJR 1 last session, and the Senate, with bipartisan support, already passed it this session. Speaker Bauer has declared the caps dead this session over the strenuous objection of House Republicans and many Hoosier taxpayers. The permanent caps would limit property tax bills to 1 percent of the property's assessed value for homesteads, 2 percent for residential rental property and farmland and 3 percent for business property. To become part of the Indiana Constitution, an amendment must be passed by two consecutive, separately elected sessions of the General Assembly and by Hoosier voters in the next general election. If the House passes SJR 1, Hoosier voters would have the opportunity to vote on it in 2010. "Hoosiers want and deserve this tax protection," Rep. Wolkins said. "We have called him out again and I hope Speaker Bauer will lets us vote on SJR 1." Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) was one of those joining the call for House Democrats to sign the petition: "It would be a true - and cruel - April Fool's joke to tell Hoosiers, 'We don't think you deserve a permanent break in your property taxes.'"