Lawmaker Reponds to Property Tax Hearing

By Nicole Pence

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 10, 2008 at 12:09 AM EDT

A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, who sat through Wednesday’s hearing, is local democratic State Representative, Win Moses.

He spoke with our Nicole Pence about what he thought came out of the hearing.

Representative Moses says the eight-hour-meeting is the longest he's ever sat through during his entire political life. He thinks it shows Fort Wayne citizens and others in the surrounding area are "deeply interested" in how the state's going to fix the property tax crisis.

These hearings are typically held in the state capital, but because of statewide interest in property tax reform, hearings were scheduled outside Indianapolis for the first time in history.

Moses says the message to the committee was heard loud and clear: Hoosiers are downright angry their property tax bills are so high and demand lawmakers to correct the problem. Moses noticed a majority of the people who spoke, were against the governor's bill.

While he says he'll take the concerns straight to the statehouse, the hearing didn't offer many answers.

Win Moses/(D) State Representative: "the challenge of this was there were great concerns and there were great efforts to have individual taxes cut. But, not great ideas on how to do that. Often it just evolves into how you do tax the person, be careful that. We are at the beginning stage. Nine weeks from now we will come up with some sort of composite and balance, I hope."

Moses says the uproar in the Indianapolis area is still greater, calling that area of the state "ground zero" for property tax disaster.

Lawmakers want to pass a final property tax reform bill by mid-march.

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