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Monday, March 16, 2009

Property Tax Repeal is not rocket science

Facts about Indiana Property Tax

It is the only tax in Indiana that is not transparent

Property tax taxes a basic human need (shelter) and most citizens feel it is immoral of government to tax a basic physical need.

The State's Dirty Secret: Your property is used as collateral to secure bonds (State and Municipality spending loans)

Property tax caps will not fix the broken tax assessment and collection system

Property tax caps will not change the fact that property tax is the most expensive tax to collect

Property tax caps will not change the fact that your home will continue to be held to a subjective assessment performed by a government official or government contractor working within a very broken system

Property tax caps mean that farmers, landlords, and businesses will pay a higher property tax than everyone else and will make taxation non-uniform and equal as required by Indiana's constitution!

Property tax caps mean landlords pay a higher property tax and will have to pass their tax on to renters

Property tax caps mean that farmers who raise our food will pay a higher tax and have to pass the tax on to everyone who eats the food they raise

Property tax caps means that businesses will pay higher tax and have to pass the bill on to every customer who buys their products and may make it harder for Indiana businesses to compete

There are 150 other transparent fees and taxes in Indiana

The property tax burden can be shifted one or more of the other 150 forms of transparent taxation

The property tax system is broken...literally, it doesn't work. Ask the assessors who were made the political scape goats for the state's incompetence how impossible the broken system is to work within

At least two world class economists wrote plans for property tax repeal that WILL work

Thousands of Indiana property tax appeals have not been settled

Local muncipalities are forced to borrow shortfalls from the bond bank on still uncollected 2007 tax due to complete broken state of administration of property tax assessment and collection.

Property tax is the most expensive tax to collect

When property tax is repealed in Indiana our economic engine will boom and Indiana will attract record numbers of investors.

1 comment:

Robert-NW Side said...

About half of our private property taxes go for the support of our public (common) schools.
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Part of the problem is the manner in which public schools are currently funded.
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Our Constitution provides very specific funding methods at Article 8 Section 2. Property taxation of private homes is not Constitutionally-authorized.
http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/const/art8.html
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Our Indiana Constitution is quite different from the Illinois Constitution concerning education funding. Following comes from the Illinois Constitution, Article 10 Section 1:
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SECTION 1. GOAL - FREE SCHOOLS
A fundamental goal of the People of the State is the educational development of all persons to the limits of their capacities.
The State shall provide for an efficient system of high quality public educational institutions and services.
Education in public schools through the secondary level shall be free. There may be such other free education as the General Assembly provides by law.
The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con10.htm
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Thus, we see that in Illinois, the State can concoct any funding scheme they desire.
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Not so here in Indiana. Yet, government is currently taxing our private homes for the support of the public (common) schools. This includes school transportation costs.
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Can the General ASSembly simply enact any legislation that tickles their fancy?
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Fortunately for us, we have Article 1 Section 25: ” No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.”
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Now, all we need do is force our legislators to actually follow the words and intent of our Constitution.
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A fundamental canon of construction requires that we presume each word of the Constitution was carefully chosen and intentionally placed, “. . . as though it had been hammered into the instrument.” — Chadwick v. City of Crawfordsville (1940), 216 Ind. 399, 409, 24 N.E.2d 937. As a corollary to that rule, words employed in the Constitution are generally given their ordinary meaning, unless it affirmatively appears from the entire wording of the instrument that a contrary meaning was intended. Ellwanger v. State (1932), 203 Ind. 307, 180 N.E. 287
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Be angry. Be very angry.