(STATEHOUSE) Nov. 20, 2007 - House Republicans 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.
"The governor's plan is a good starting point, and I applaud him for developing it," said state Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake). I would like to further examine the taxation of residential, rental and business properties to ensure a balanced plan so that the burden of taxation is fairly distributed. I am hopeful that during the December hearings, we can begin to work out any kinks and bring permanent long-term reform to Hoosiers."
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.