"Because of the escalation of the amounts involved in tax warrants, both in the number of warrants and the size of the warrants, I think this has gotten somewhat out of hand," Buell said. "Now, we need to visit it again to see if this can be corrected."
Indiana Department of Revenue records indicate that sheriffs collected about $40 million in delinquent taxes during a recent 22-month period. County sheriffs pocketed about $3 million of that amount as supplemental pay.
House Minority Leader Pat Bauer (D) true to form reacted negatively to Buell's proposal. He told the AP that it "was politically motivated and another GOP move to deflect attention away from legislation House Republicans helped pass the last two years, such as leasing the Indiana Toll Road to private companies." If Democrats regain control of the House, he would entertain a change in the law, however. "Moderation is always the best policy whoever we are paying," he said. "I would think we would do moderation without negatively affecting the collections." Bauer pointed out that Daniels paid out $13 million to a private contractor as part of the state's amnesty program, which netted about $255 million in back taxes.