(STATEHOUSE) July 12, 2007- Republican members of Indiana's House of Representatives, including Representative Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), have announced a plan to assist Hoosier property owners immediately and reform Indiana's property tax system permanently. With skyrocketing property tax bills hitting Hoosier homeowners throughout Indiana, House Republicans are proposing an action plan.
"It is unrealistic to expect people to be able to pay such a high increase," said Eberhart. "The increases most have or will receive this year, along with massive increases in the last four years, have made property taxes unbearable for many. The state cannot allow it to continue."
Eberhart and other House Republicans proposed administrative measures that can be taken immediately either at the local level or the state executive level to address the property tax crisis and other measures that may be taken in the event of a special session.
"Although I have only been in the Legislature for one year, I already realize that this issue is very solvable," said Eberhart. "It is a matter of both parties having the political will to do so. Our current tax system is broken and quite archaic."
Deferral of Residential Tax Increases
HomesteadCredit Filing Extension
Immediate Reassessment in Counties Where There are Apparent Gross Discrepancies
Resurrect the House Republican Local Government Reform Plan
Provide Direct Relief to Residential Taxpayers - Drop the Rebate
Hoosier Property Tax Relief Working Group - A nonpartisan panel of fiscal tax experts
Elimination of Child Services Property Tax Levy
"Hoosiers want and deserve action. I am not interested in placing blame or simply shifting taxes and levies from entity to entity every two years," said Eberhart. "Property tax reform must be our number one priority with the goal of permanently eliminating property taxes."
Contact Information for Representative Sean Eberhart: 317-538-1141