STATEHOUSE- Representative Dave Yarde (R-Garrett) released the following statement today in response to the passage of House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1, the constitutional amendment to permanently cap homeowner's property taxes, and HB1001, a major ethics reform package. HJR1 passed the House by a vote of 97 to 2 and the ethics bill passed by a vote of 75 to 23 .
"Ultimately, government should be by the people, for the people. By passing HJR1, we are allowing Hoosiers to have the final say on whether property tax caps should be part of Indiana's constitution. I am pleased that in my first term as your state representative, I have been a part of this empowering effort.
"I am also extremely pleased to be able to vote on a comprehensive ethics reform bill so soon. I believe that the primary responsibility of an elected official is to be transparent to their constituents, which is why I supported this legislation in the House."
In response to the property tax crisis that homeowners experienced in 2007, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation in 2008 that capped homeowner's property taxes at one percent, rental and agricultural property at two percent and business property at three percent. The bill passed with an 82-17 vote in the House and 41-6 vote in the Senate.
House Republicans pledged to add this reform to the Indiana State Constitution. In order for a new provision to be added to the state constitution, it must be passed by two separately elected General Assemblies as well as the public before it can be amended to the constitution. In the 2010 legislative session, House Republicans look forward to supporting HJR 1 and giving Hoosier voters the opportunity to decide whether permanent property tax caps should be added to the state constitution.
If the constitutional amendment to permanently cap property taxes passes both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly during the 2010 legislative session, Hoosiers will be able to vote on this issue in the November 2010 election.