[r47] Rep. Foley disappointed that property tax caps not considered in House (1/30/2008)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Start Date: 1/30/2008 All Day
End Date: 1/30/2008
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - Property tax reform in Indiana took a blow Tuesday night as House Democrats refused to hear House Joint Resolution 1, the bill containing constitutional property tax caps for homeowners, rental properties and businesses.

"Last night was an amazing display of power by the majority to control the agenda and prevent debate," said Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville). "When our caucus has been in the majority - and I hope this is always true, that - we have haven't been afraid of debate. If a House member's bill goes through the committee process and then is withdrawn because of fear of amendments, then democracy is weakened.

"The best expression of a minority member of a legislative body is to be able to present amendments and accept the will of the House. The people's debate is great. It is disappointing that Hoosiers who support this measure could not have it debated.

"Meanwhile, HB 1001, containing the tax relief plan, has passed the House, and is now in the Senate."

HJR 1 would have amended the Indiana Constitution to cap property taxes for homestead properties at 1 percent, rental properties at 2 percent and commercial properties at 3 percent. House Bill 1001, the property tax reform package, passed the House last week in a 93-1 vote, and HJR 1 was set to ensure that property tax cuts remained permanent.




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