[r85] Rep. Pond: House Democrats are Denying Hoosiers a Vote on Permanent Property Tax Caps (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/14/2009

STATEHOUSE - House Democrats avoided another opportunity to vote on permanent property tax caps Tuesday evening, said Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven).


As time was running down Tuesday evening for the House of Representatives to vote on permanent property tax caps, Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) offered a motion that would have brought Senate Joint Resolution 1 to the House floor.


Rather than allowing a vote on SJR 1, House Democrats immediately adjourned for the night.


"By prematurely adjourning before the second reading deadline, the House Democrats are refusing to give taxpayers the opportunity to make property tax caps permanent in the state constitution," said Rep. Pond. "The House also lost opportunity to hear and vote on more bills."


SJR 1 contains the constitutional amendment permanently capping homeowners' property taxes at 1 percent of assessed value, 2 percent for residential rental property and farmland and 3 percent for business property.


To become part of the Indiana Constitution, an amendment must be passed by two consecutive, separately elected sessions of the General Assembly and by Hoosier voters in the next general election. If the House passes to have permanent property tax caps, Hoosier voters would have the opportunity to vote in support of SJR 1 in 2010.


Both houses of the General Assembly passed SJR 1 last session, the House passing it 64-35.  The Senate has already passed SJR 1 this session.


To watch the video of the House Republican motion, please go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nT6O_5-a4k.


The House is scheduled to reconvene at 10 a.m. Wednesday.