Who will attend Tuesday's property tax cap forum

Dateline: Mon 30 Nov 2009

The property tax cao forum, hosted by the Meridian-Kessler Neighbhorhood Association, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Basile Opera Center at 4011 N. Pennsylvania.

Five legislators who represent the area will attend. They are: State Sen. Scott Schneider, a Republican; and Sen. Greg Taylor and Jean Breaux, both Dems; and Rep. Cindy Noe, Republican, and Rep. Ed DeLaney, Democrat. Rep. Greg Porter, a Dem, is unable to attend due to an out-of-town conflict.

At issue is Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would cap property taxes in Indiana for homeowners and others.

The measure has passed the state Senate both last year and this year; it passed the state House last year and must pass the House again this year before going to referendum for a public vote.

John Ketzenberger will moderate the forum. He is a former biz columnist at the Indianapolis Star and editor at the Indianapolis Business Journal. He lives in the M-K neighborhood.


Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Sounds real interesting. I might go

But let me warn you in advance: Cindy Noe--like fingernails on a blackboard.

2009-11-30 09:02:11

hendy [Member] said:

Bring rope. Find tree. Locate wobbly ladder. Maybe lots of rope.

Just kidding.

2009-11-30 10:03:33

David [unverified] said:

Would love to go, but have another obligation. Someone needs to push the Dems that are present to commit to throwing Pat Bauer under the bus, if he refuses to allow the measure to the house floor. Bauer is really the person who needs to be present at the meeting. Probably has a lame excuse, like he is shopping for a new rug for his dome room.

2009-11-30 23:32:53

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Well, this Dem would like to throw Pat, and his wig, under any moving object. But I;'m not violent,=.

He is the walking talking symbol of everything that's wrong with politics. When Sen. Garton finally got out, he was the GOP mirror of this attitude.

There too long, and enjoying it too much.

That said, a property tax Amendment is just bad public policy.

2009-12-01 04:38:58

pascal [unverified] said:

The Indiana Constitution Article XIII is ALREADY a property tax cap but it is being ignored for lack of a lawsuit and judges who can read the English Language. It is a 2% cap and, apparently, a challenge for journalists even though the language is plain.

2009-12-02 11:09:42

isodience [unverified] said:

...please where can I buy a unicorn?

2009-12-02 11:30:15

Dave [unverified] said:

While John Ketzenberger did a fine job, the forum format was closed circuit, "vetted" & therefore stale; more lecture than public discourse. The legislative disconnect on the property tax issue remains in tact; pedal down on anachronistic notions about revenue, never mind the wall that is reality or limit of citizens' ability to continue "paying."

The US Dollar is the currency standard used to pay property taxes on a variety of legal uses (value being a factor of use), as determined by sovereign owners who now face hyper-factored discrimination in the form of a gimmick, one-two-three? How is that fair?

And stability, hmnn... In zip code 46205 (location of last night's forum), there are something like 13,800 foreclosures (corrections / updates welcome), many of which are directly due to the impact of overtaxation, and property tax is a "stable" revenue source, really?

In the order of things, "stability" is citizen defined, not institutionally defined. Stability is linked to the reality of the free market which affects citizens' income & purchase power. Government is not entitled to a first claim or guarantee (economic contractions or otherwise), that is not enjoyed first or at all by citizens. Government has a severe attitude problem, in that it exists for the people & not other way around.

Jamming citizens with the forced hardship or payment of gross overcharges in tax bills for 2/3/4+ years until their appeals are "heard;" is that administrative remedy judge, or is it justice delayed & denied?

Twenty thousand tax appeals from 2007, post Manitron's highly disclaimed reassessment performance; is that customer satisfaction with things that have been "fixed?" Is the assessor's short staffing a credible excuse for failing to process appeals in a timely manner while burdening citizens with the hardship of gross overcharges; when an outside company like Manitron was hired to deal with institutionally centered concerns about revenue & reassessment? So when the already inhumanely proportioned government wants revenue, taxpayers are forced to pay one point some odd million dollars, for the substandard work of a performance hamstrung Manitron (hamstrung by exclusive scope & therefore relieved of liability) relieved, but forget additional staff to get the appeals handled in a due process manner?

The 2006 GA voted unanimously for the perfect cap- repeal! Sales tax is a stable source of revenue in other than institutional, or citizen centered terms. In good times, there's more revenue, in lesser times there's less revenue. Assets are purchased with once earned, after tax dollars & the Constitutionally protected idea of an ownership society is threatened by this unjust method of tax. We need tax policy that's neighborly not lawyerly.

2009-12-02 18:14:40

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2009-12-13 08:20:16

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