Friday, July 13, 2007
Getting The Groove On For Sunday's Tax Protest
You know things have gotten really bad when a liberal Democratic neighborhood like Lockerbie is all up in arms over skyrocketing property tax bills. Every single home along this stretch of Vermont Street has a sign protesting property taxes. The home in the foreground above with this "For Sale By Owner Due To Unfair Taxation" sign in it is Andre Lacy's million-dollar townhouse. During a conversation with one of my neighbors who works as a real estate broker tonight, she commented that she was confident something significant was going to be done about the property tax problem because the city's most well-heeled residents were complaining the loudest about property taxes. I ran into Abdul Hakim-Shabazz tonight at the Rathskellar. He's staying in town this weekend and will be covering the tax protest at Monument Circle. Hope to see many of you there as well to let our out-of-touch government leaders know how strongly we feel about this issue.
UPDATE: The Star is reporting today that Gov. Daniels will call a special sesssion if the following conditions are met: "Do we have an idea which is sound? Do we have a fighting chance to succeed?" A quote from Pat Kiely of the Indiana Manufacturers Association makes it clear that business does not want to see a special session. They know that they are getting off easy and that any likely changes will result in businesses paying more in taxes. "Pat Kiely, a former Republican legislator who is president of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, said lawmakers need to take a deep breath and wait until they have all the data from the counties before rushing in and making changes that could have unintended consequences." "Property taxes is an ecosystem. It's very fragile," he said.