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House Leaders Say Property Tax Plans Are Moving Well

Leaders in the Indiana House of Representatives say they’re pleased with the overall progress the General Assembly has made on property tax restructuring during the first have of the legislative session.  However, both parties agree they want to see considerable changes before the session comes to an end.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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House Passes Daniels’ Property Tax Plan

Indiana’s House of Representatives today voted ninety-three to one in favor of a property tax plan put forth by Governor Mitch Daniels.  Tuesday lawmakers made a number of changes to that plan, however, including removing voter referendum for most school construction projects and added tax breaks for the elderly, renters, and low income workers.  Democrat David Orentlicher of Indianapolis.

The one vote against the bill came from Representative Craig Fry of Mishawaka.  He says he wasn’t comfortable supporting a bill he didn’t receive until this morning.  Fry added he did not think it provided enough property tax cuts for his district.  The bill will now be considered by the Senate.

House Approves Changes to Daniels’ Tax Plan

Late Tuesday night, the Indiana House of Representative approved several amendments to Governor Mitch Daniels’ property tax restructuring bill.  Among the more than forty changes that were offered, amendments were passed to do cap farm property tax rates at two percent and freeze property taxes for senior citizens with homes valued under two hundred thousand dollars.  Lawmakers also voted for South Bend Representative David Niezgodski’s amendment to cut back Governor Daniels’ proposal for voter referendum on school construction and other local capital projects, limiting to just school buildings that are not used for educational purposes.  House republicans opposed to the measure, like Uniondale Representative Jeff Espich, say it limits voter control on local spending.  

House Democrats say referendums aren’t needed since voters make their voices heard when choosing elected officials and school boards that make local spending decisions.  The governor’s property tax plan is eligible for full passage by the House of Representatives on Thursday.  If passed, it will then move to the Senate for consideration.