STATEHOUSE - Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport) and his House colleagues supported Senate Bill 285 Wednesday in order to prevent Hoosier property taxpayers' yearly assessment from drastically increasing. The bill passed out of the Indiana House by a 95-0 vote.
If the assessed value of a property increases by more than 5 percent over the assessed value in the previous assessment, this legislation requires the county or township assessor to verify the accuracy of the evaluation.
"Under current Indiana law, a taxpayer has the option to file for review by a county's or township's property tax assessment board of appeals," said Rep. McClain. "This bill takes the burden off the taxpayer and holds assessing units accountable for the accuracy of their valuations.
"This bill will help Hoosiers who buy a reasonably priced home only to discover their assessments are through the roof," said Rep. McClain. "Our economy is struggling too much to place more burdens on Hoosier taxpayers."
Because Senate Bill 285 was amended in the House, the Senate author has to decide whether to adopt the bill as amended or reject the changes.
If the amended bill is adopted, it heads directly to the desk of the governor. If they choose not to adopt the amended bill, it will go to conference committee, where four legislators representing each caucus of the General Assembly will meet to decide the final version of the bill.
The General Assembly has until April 29 to complete all business.
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. If you are interested in receiving Rep. McClain's weekly eNewsletter, you can sign up at www.in.gov/h24.