The following is a statement from Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) regarding the House Republican plan to relieve Hoosier property taxpayers:
"It is extremely important that we find a long-term solution to the property tax situation and not just create another two-year, Band-Aid solution. When we figure out how to fix the broken property tax system, we need to make sure that we fix it right. My House Republican colleagues and I fought up to the very last minute of the 2007 legislative session to ensure that we would produce a viable property tax solution for Hoosier homeowners. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
"I supported the idea of allowing local governments to explore other revenue options in order to reduce their reliance on property taxes. Schools account for most of the property tax growth, even more than civil governments. We need to look at ways to address this issue.
"Finger pointing is not solving the problem. It is not getting us where we want or need to be. It is time that we work together to find a comprehensive solution to the property tax crisis in the state.
"Personally, I don't think we need a special session. I believe that we can address these issues administratively. There is no need for a special session unless we have a comprehensive plan that offers feasible solutions to address the problem. However, if the Governor decides we need it, I will be there."
For more information, please contact Representative Cherry at the Statehouse, 200 West Washington Street, Room 401, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 1-800-382-9841, email@example.com.