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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dennis Ryerson is correct: IndyStar does need to reach deeper into critical issues

An open letter to Dennis Ryerson of Indianapolis Star:

July 22, 2008

Greetings Mr. Ryerson,

You penned a great column for Sunday's Star and highlighted a lot of the good work at the Indianapolis Star on behalf of Indy's citizens. Yes, the Star did tell taxpayers about former city council president Monroe Gray's ghost employment with IFD. Yes, the Star did give us great detail about the Marion County public library debacle. And we're grateful that the Star sent a reporter to show up for every property tax protest. We remember early on that you indicated that you would use every resource at your disposal to find out what caused the sudden tax increases.

Have you figured it out yet? Because we did. It's the bond debt and the fact that our homes are little more than collateral against the state's bond debt. And most of the bond debt is the result of school construction spending.

Unfortunately, we never saw an indepth story on the violation of Article 8 of the Indiana Constitution by Indiana's lawmakers illegally forcing homeowners to pay property tax for the common school fund.

No politician will speak on the record about this violation and reporters do not push the issue with the politicians. We need the Indianapolis Star to dig deeper into this particular issue because the law is being broken. Worse, a proposed change to the Indiana Constitution would change the language of Article 8 to make it legal for the legislators to do what they have done illegally for years...levy a tax for the common schools on the backs of homeowners.

Please dig deeper, Mr. Ryerson. And good luck to the paper.

Melyssa Donaghy
Tax Activist


Concerned Taxpayer said...

Perhaps Mr. Ryerson and his liberal rag should try printing a story when it occurs, or when it is uncovered, instead of months later, after every blogsite in Indiana has discussed it in great detail.

Maybe Mr. Ryerson shouldn't have to wait to get permission from the liberals above to print a story.

Perhaps Mr. Ryerson should just REPORT a story, instead of trying to put a liberal SPIN on it.

What a concept!!

Anonymous said...

If this against the constitution why hasn't one lawyer stepped up to sue the state for constitutional violations?Inquiring minds want to know especially now with the property tax crisis still going on.


Anonymous...a lawyer DID step up. His name is John Price. The judge (who many feel was under orders from the governor) could not let that case bankrupt the state, so he asked if they people exhuasted their "administrative remedies"...meaning did they ask for their money back.

John Price had to admit that no one had asked for their money back. The judge dismissed the case for that reason and the attorney drafted a document for homeowners to send to their treasurer and county assessor requesting a refund.

Quite a lot of people have asked for the portion of their property tax collected in violation of the Indiana Constitution since the judge threw out the lawsuit.

Not a single person has received a reply from the state in spite of the fact that citizens began filing their requests in November 2007.

We hope that answers your question. The document to file to request approximately 50 % of your property tax illegally can be found on this website.