"The Official Portrait of Miss InDiana"

"The Official Portrait of Miss InDiana"
aka "Miss Victory"

Monday, October 22, 2007

David Orentlichter's letter to a taxpayer

Now is the time to write to David O. and tell him that nothing short of publicly pushing for repeal of property tax will get your vote. In his letter below, David does not give numbers to back up his claim that Dr. Styring's plan will not work. In fact none of the politicians who will not back repeal have offered numbers to back why Strying's plan will not work. Let your elected politicians know that WE THE PEOPLE are not going away until property tax is repealed and repeal is the only solution that you will accept. We all know that no matter how much they lower property tax, as long as property tax exists, they will raise it again in the future and your home will be in jeapordy. -- The editor

Dear Taxpayer:
Thank you for writing. We do need to fix our property tax system, and I am hopeful that we will be able to do so when we reconvene. As for abolition, I have taken a close look at Bill Styring's plan, and while I have great respect for him, his numbers just don't add to enough to cover 100 percent of property taxes. So far, I haven't seen a proposal for abolition that I think can work--the increases in other taxes would be too high to be accepted by the public. That said, my mind is open to any suggestions for change, and if we can figure out a way to get to abolition, that would be great.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Odd, I've written Orentlicher twice and never received any kind of response. Guess those who get one should feel privilged.

In addition, I'm vexed by all this discussion of replacement of the property tax. We need to "replace" the income from the abolished inventory tax first rather than just allowing it to be shoved over to home owners.

Huge problem in Indiana is the levy system. Instead of setting a rate and budgeting, Indiana municipalities set a budget and levies are set to achieve that income. That is somewhat over simplified but as your assessor how it works. They get the targets and you get your portion set accordingly.