[r32] SJR 1 Third Reading Statement (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/28/2008

"From the beginning, property tax reform has been the No. 1 priority for this legislative session," said Rep. Turner. "SJR 1, in its current form, is unworkable. Rep. (William) Crawford (D-Indianapolis) has admitted that there is no viable evidence on the results of basing property taxes on a household income.

"I would argue the proposed 1-percent cap based on household income is anti-family.  A family that cares for a loved one, whether it be a parent or an adult child going through a hard time, would be penalized because all the income of the household would be counted.

"In addition, the cap for homesteads as proposed by the majority party does not include debt which in many areas of the state represents 30 to 40 percent of the property tax bill and is the fastest-growing."

"Without understanding the consequences, the majority party is putting taxpayers, businesses, schools and local units of governments at risk. During the next two weeks left, I will continue to fight for immediate relief and permanent reform as it is discussed and reworked during conference committees."