"Gov. Daniels' proposed several crucial parts to his plan, some of which may change during the course of the legislative session," said Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven). "I believe one issue that is not negotiable is the concept of allowing taxpayers to have a say by referendum. All boards and local government that have power to levy taxes must be elected by the people, not appointed.
"Gov. Daniels' plan cuts taxes now, but taxpayers must be mindful that they will not notice the effects of the cuts on their tax bills until 2009. The governor is proposing that property taxes on homesteads are capped at 1 percent of the assessed value and are to be tied to the cost of living. The cap on rental property and second homes will be capped at 2 percent and the property taxes on businesses will be capped at 3 percent. We must be careful that the local offices closest to the people remain elected positions."