As you may have seen in the news, Indiana State Representative Jackie Walorski has been working overtime this summer for her constituents in the 21st district, spurred on by the property tax crisis that we are currently facing here in Indiana.
She has been tirelessly gathering signatures, now totaling near 10,000, asking Legislative Leaders and Governor Daniels to study long term property tax reform with at least one option for the elimination of property taxes. Rep. Walorski says she is “cautiously optimistic” that there has been some movement in the State with three different plans now in the works. Her colleague, Rep. Jim Buck, has a plan that is worthy of consideration as does a retired businessman from Elkhart County, Bob Dutton. Keeping up the pressure, which has been her number one priority this summer, is paying off because good plans are coming from all corners of the State from people who have studied this issue for more than a decade.
Rep. Walorski is consistently speaking to groups all over Northern Indiana about the possibilities of long term property tax reform. She continues to affirm her original request to Legislative Leaders that two or three of these plans have honest and open debate in January. If they pass, Rep. Walorski would like to see them put on a referendum for voters to choose their system of taxation by November. Thus far, every plan that actually calls for the "elimination" of property tax in it has mandatory spending controls.
Jackie will continue to work hard to keep this issue at the forefront of debate here in Indiana. It is vital that progress toward permanent property tax reform be made in the 2008 Legislative session. Rest assured that Rep. Walorski will do all in her power to see that happen, and with the continued support of the citizens of this great State, it will happen!