STATEHOUSE - House Democrats ran out on permanent property tax relief today before the Caps Clock did, Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) said.
Today was the deadline for the third reading of bills in the House. House Democrats voted to adjourn until Monday. Unfortunately, Tax Day came and went without Hoosier taxpayers getting their wish for permanent constitutional property tax protection.
According to a poll taken earlier this month by Public Opinion Strategies, almost three-quarters of Hoosiers support the permanent constitutional property tax caps. Political leanings are irrelevant, the poll showed: 66 percent of Democrats support the caps, 72 percent of independents support them and more than 80 percent of Republicans would like the caps adopted.
"While thousands of over-taxed protesters rallied against big-government bailouts outside the Statehouse, inside the House chamber, House Democrats bailed out on Hoosier taxpayers," said Rep. Borders.
"It has become clear they have no intention of making property tax caps permanent, and they don't mind breaking their promises to Hoosier families. It's a sad day."
If the House had passed Senate Joint Resolution 1, already passed by a bipartisan majority of the Senate, Hoosier voters would have had the opportunity in 2010 to vote on whether to permanently include the caps in the Indiana Constitution. The property tax caps would limit bills to 1 percent of the property's assessed value for homesteads, 2 percent for residential rental property and farmland and 3 percent for other business property.
The House must complete its work before the April 29 statutory deadline.