[r49] House Republicans Begin Efforts to Ease Taxpayers' Burden (11/20/2007)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Start Date: 11/20/2007 All Day
End Date: 11/20/2007


(STATEHOUSE) Nov. 20, 2007 - House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Brian C. Bosma, used Organization Day as the start of their efforts to ease Hoosier taxpayers' property tax burden with permanent and comprehensive reform.

Organization Day is usually a largely ceremonial affair, with members being sworn in and little business taking place, but today's session had more substance than usual, with the introduction of legislation dealing with the property tax crisis.

"Homeowners have been unfairly punished by our property tax system," said Rep. Tim Neese (R-Granger).  "There are a variety of plans being offered, and I will study all of them closely to determine what is in the best interests of northern Indiana residents.  I'm hopeful that we will have permanent reform so that taxpayers will no longer be left twisting in the wind when they receive 200 percent increases on their tax bills."

House Republicans are prepared for this challenge with an open-minded approach and a commitment to bipartisan support. We understand that Hoosier taxpayers are tired of time-consuming and expensive one-time fixes. They want the General Assembly to find a fair solution that is lasting, and our team is committed to doing just that.

"The state needs to enact permanent reform to our property tax system," stated Rep. John Ulmer (R-Goshen).  "This session, we will work on lasting reform to the property tax debacle.  Ensuring that homeowners are constitutionally protected from drastic increases is in the best interest of all Hoosiers."

State Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Lakeville) added, "For too long, folks in Indianapolis have skirted around the issue of property taxes.  We need to completely reform the whole property tax structure and stop using bandages to fix problems.  Homeowners are hurting from the ever-increasing property tax bills because government is spending too much money.  We need firm caps on government spending and growth, so taxpayers won't see their bills drastically increase each year."