Statehouse Democrat calls for property tax reform amid spikes in bills
Hoosiers will be getting their property tax bills in the coming days and weeks – and many of those bills are going to be a lot higher than last year’s.
That's why one state lawmaker says the property tax system needs major reform.
Increased home prices across much of Indiana are driving up home values – and that, in turn, is raising many Hoosiers’ property tax bills. There’s nothing state lawmakers can do to decrease the cost of the bills people are getting this year.
But Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) said the spike in bills highlights ongoing issues with the property tax system.
“One of the core problems with the property tax system is this up and down and also the fact that it’s simply too complicated,” DeLaney said.
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DeLaney said the state needs to increase its funding for public schools – which he says are too reliant on property taxes.
“If we do that, it reduces the pressure on the property taxes as a support for the schools and frees up property tax revenue for things that are truly local,” DeLaney said.
DeLaney said that includes local government and public safety. He argued that reducing the amount of money schools need from property taxes not only frees up money for other needs, but also allows lawmakers to consider lowering property taxes.
House Republicans are pushing legislation this session, HB 1499, to create short-term adjustments to property taxes, aimed at reducing higher increases in bills the next couple of years.
Senate Republicans have proposed a temporary commission that would study the state's entire tax system, with an eye toward major reductions.