We took action. By banding together we were able to get the state to force a new reassessment to correct what we know is wrong," Peterson says in the ad.
His GOP opponent, Greg Ballard, was quick to take Peterson to task. "The phrase banding together, I don't remember him attending any of the property tax rallies," Ballard commented. "That was pretty illuminating. Unfortunately what he is really trying to do is once again shift the blame to the state when the real problem is government spending here at the local level," Ballard added. Marion Co. GOP Chairman hit the Mayor even harder, calling his latest ad "complete fiction". "While he claims he is taking action against the property tax crisis, the reality is that he is responsible for spearheading the largest income tax hike in the history of Indianapolis," John said. "The fact is Peterson has done nothing to fix the tax crisis, but rather increased taxes 18 times in two years and has been borrowing money to pay daily expenses for the city," he added.
After Abdul Hakim-Shabazz took Peterson to task for "fudging the facts" on the issue of the reassessment order, Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell fired off an e-mail challenging his contention that Peterson played no part in the reassessment order by Gov. Daniels. Campbell claims Peterson was the first to raise the issue of a reassessment, but Shabazz fires back that is was the Governor who first raised the idea. I think we can all agree on these next two points though. Gov. Daniels is the person responsible for issuing the reassessment order. Mayor Peterson is the person responsible for the $90 million, 65% increase in the local income tax decision made after he knew Marion Co. homeowners were and still are facing record increases in their property taxes.