No more property taxes?

By: Ryan Famuliner Email
By: Ryan Famuliner Email

In 2004 he ran against Mitch Daniels for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and now he's touring the state to speak out against high property taxes.

Eric Miller says he has a plan for a constitutional amendment to abolish property taxes altogether. And, he says he's only a few votes away from getting it on the ballot.

Miller held his third "rally" tonight with his group, "Advance America," this one in Goshen.

More than 250 people packed a senior center in Goshen to hear Miller spell out his plan. He told stories of individuals whose property taxes doubled or tripled within a year, and the Elkhart county crowd seemed to relate. After all, they recently experienced a property tax increase that averaged 29 percent.

Miller admits that every other state has property taxes, and this would be a first; but says a repeal would also attract business interests to the state.

Miller would only need a simple majority to get the amendment through the legislature, and he says he already has 19 senators and 41 representatives who support the plan.

He would only need 7 more senators and 10 more representatives on board to send the amendment to voters.

“I'm pleased that we have representative bill Ruppel supporting us, Representative Jackie Walorski supporting us, Tim Neese, also supporting this effort to repeal property taxes. Having local elected officials, legislators, stand with us, has been a tremendous help in north central Indiana,” Miller said.

“The first step is to start the repeal, and then start finding other ways to finance schools, everything, and eventually work on consumption taxes and income taxes,” Rep. Ruppel said.

Miller is pressuring Governor Daniels to call a special session to address the issue, and says it could be on the ballot by 2010, and in effect by 2012.

Miller stressed accountability in spending in his hour-long speech, but his plan also includes a 2% sales tax increase, and a 1% income tax increase statewide.

To view an outline of Miller's plan, visit the website below.

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