This past weekend, I attended a legislative forum in Terre Haute. I was the only Republican state official on hand. And I was the only person standing up for your right to vote on permanent property tax caps.
The other officials claimed that property tax caps cash-strap local government. You know my response to that: Good!
Local governments are spending your hard-earned money. Limiting the amount of your money they have to work with forces local officials to make better choices . and it lets you keep more of your own money in your own pocket.
Plus, property tax caps keep your property tax bills lower. Much lower. The Legislative Services Agency just released new numbers that show how much homeowners' property tax bills have decreased.
Daviess County: 36.3 percent reduction in homeowners' property tax bills for 2008.
Greene County: 22.9 percent reduction in homeowners' property tax bills for 2008.
Knox County: 37.4 percent reduction in homeowners' property tax bills for 2008.
Sullivan County: 39.9 percent reduction in homeowners' property tax bills for 2008.
Vigo County: 38.2 percent reduction in homeowners' property tax bills for 2008.
These reductions amount to dollars back in the hands of Hoosier homeowners. That's what I care about - helping families in our area keep their homes.
It seems that those state legislators against the caps care more about local government officials than they do about the families they represent.
I care more about helping your family than I do protecting local governments' access to your checkbook.
My greatest fear is that those officials who don't support existing property tax caps - let alone making them permanent - will do whatever they can to get rid of the caps.
And, as it currently stands, they can do it.
Passing SJR 1 this year would allow you to vote on making property tax caps permanent. So that whatever happens down the road, your property tax bill will never again grow to a level you cannot afford to pay.
I urge you to contact your state representatives, and let them know how important it is to pass SJR 1 this year.
Call toll free at 800-382-9841.