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Verbatim: Indiana alliance pushes for permanent property tax caps

Statement issued Wednesday:

Members of the Hoosier Property Tax Reform Alliance (HPTRA) today gathered at the home of Randy and Denise Pellow-Douglas to kick-off an aggressive grassroots campaign in support of permanent property tax caps. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was on hand to accept an invitation to serve as honorary campaign chairman, making brief remarks to the crowd of more than 50.

Kokomo’s Paul Wyman opened the press conference with a reminder. He said, “The state legislature has tried for decades to fix our property tax system, but the tax has always grown back. Hoosiers finally have the opportunity to make sure it doesn’t happen again. A vote yes on question one is the final step to permanent protection for Hoosier property taxpayers.”

Wyman is the immediate past president of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®, a founding HPTRA organization member.

It was that certainty that attracted the Douglas family to the cause. Denise said, “Property tax caps let us know what to expect, which is a must when you’re raising two sons like Randy and I are and one of them is in college. We know the relief we received in 2008 is here to stay, that state legislators kept their promise and we voters can bring it home this November.”

From 2007 to 2010, the Douglas’ property tax bill decreased more than 30% due to the property tax reform legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2008 that included the tax caps. Statewide, home owners saw their property tax bills decrease by a third on average.

Wyman concluded the press conference by asking those in support of permanent property tax caps to visit www.HoosierPropertyTaxReform.com to sign the pledge to “Vote Yes on 1” this November 2nd. Campaign materials and more information are also available.

The Hoosier Property Tax Reform Alliance (HPTRA) is committed to securing permanent property tax caps by way of a Constitutional amendment for the state of Indiana. Members include, but are not limited to, the following individuals and organizations that seek a fair, transparent tax structure: David Fagan, International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 150; Eli Lilly and Company; Indiana Apartment Association; Indiana Association of REALTORS; Indiana Builders Association; Indiana Manufacturers Association; Kip Tom, Tom Farms, LLC; Robert C. Enlow, The Foundation for Educational Choice; and Aiming Higher PAC.

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