(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - Property tax reform in Indiana took a blow Tuesday night as House Democrats refused to hear House Joint Resolution 1, the bill containing constitutional property tax caps for homeowners, rental properties and businesses."It is a shame that Democrats called the bill down and then withdrew it when we were trying to move it along," said Rep. Eric A. Gutwein (R-Rensselaer). "This is the typical tactics of the Democrats. They bring forth a bill and then change their minds. They don't want a constitutional amendment on marriage. They don't want to hear an amendment on property that will give tax payers permanent relief. It's too bad that Hoosiers will not be able to vote on this themselves."
HJR 1 would have amended the Constitution of the State of Indiana to cap property taxes for homestead properties at 1 percent, rental properties at 2 percent and commercial properties to 3 percent. House Bill 1001, the property tax reform package, passed the House last week in a 93-1 vote, and HJR 1 was set to ensure that property tax cuts remained permanent.