[r40] I Signed Up: Speaker Bauer Should Let Us Vote on Property Tax Caps (3/15/2009)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Start Date: 3/15/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/15/2009
STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2009) - I added my name last week to a petition urging House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer to allow the full House to vote on permanently capping property tax caps.

The petition-signing was part of a rally, which I attended, along with Gov. Mitch Daniels and members of the General Assembly, in support of Senate Joint Resolution 1. The caps in SJR 1, a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution, 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 all other 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. Both the House and the Senate passed the property-tax cap resolution last session, each chamber giving the caps bipartisan support. The Senate, with a bipartisan majority, passed SJR 1 earlier this session.

The last day for action this session is April 15, the deadline for third readings of bills.

SJR 1's fate now rests with Speaker Bauer, who has indicated his unwillingness to allow the House to vote on it.

Hoosier property owners deserve to have a voice in whether permanent property tax caps should be added to the Indiana Constitution. But Hoosiers won't have that voice until Speaker Bauer allows the House to vote on SJR 1.

Delaying the vote denies Hoosier taxpayers the certainty and security that permanent property tax caps provide. We made a promise to protect Hoosier taxpayers last session. Some of those protections already are in danger, and we should not endanger taxpayers any further.

I will do what I can to give Hoosiers a chance to vote on adding permanent property tax caps to the Constitution.