Legislators continued to work on property tax reform at the Statehouse on Dec. 3 when the House Ways and Means Committee met to hear testimony from a variety of experts and the public. Larry DeBoer, a distinguished professor at Purdue University who specializes in local and state government issues, was among the experts present at the hearing. Professor DeBoer discussed the historical precedent leading up to the current situation.
The committee is looking to gather feedback on Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposed property tax plan before the legislative session begins next month. Questions from members of the committee were taken, and a summary of the governor's tax plan was given. Finally, many concerned taxpayers made their voices heard, urging the committee to take action.
This meeting was the first of three the committee is using to tackle the property tax crisis in Indiana. The second meeting was Dec. 10 in Evansville, and the final meeting will be held in Fort Wayne at 10 am on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN 46807. All meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to attend. In the future, the committee and I will also be considering Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and former Governor Joe Kernan's report on potential property tax solutions. Any comments or suggestions you may have will certainly assist me as I look to create a plan of action during the legislative session.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 1-800-382-9841, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to me at 200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.