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. Rich McClain (R-Logansport) urged Democrat representatives to join Republicans in signing a petition supporting an immediate vote on the tax cap resolution.
"My Republican colleagues and I are asking our friends across the aisle to join us in helping Hoosiers, by urging Speaker Bauer to hear the property tax caps," said Rep. McClain. "We made a promise last year to Hoosier property taxpayers, and I intend to do everything I can to keep it."
"We need to protect all property taxpayers, whether they are farmland owners, business owners, rental property owners or any other property owners. Hoosiers are looking at us for help, and its time Speaker Bauer hear their call."
On display with the House Republicans were several large pledge cards with signatures of House members who support an immediate vote on SJR 1. Rep. McClain's signature was one of them.
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.
Rep. McClain encourages his constituents to contact him with any questions or comments. He can be reached by e-mail at h24@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.