In this Indy Star article, Governor Daniels proposes "tax control units" whose job would be to control property taxes.
I don't know enough about how such a "control unit" would work to know whether or not it is a good idea. Like they say, "the devil is in the details."
However, I do take exception to Governor Daniels statement that towns, schools, and libraries etc. have "broad control" over their taxing capacities.
This seems like pure "pass the buck" political speak.
I can't speak for municipalities, towns and libraries, but I can speak on behalf of schools. Most schools do not have "broad control" over their property tax rates.
In actuality school boards do not "control" very much of the property tax rate at all especially when you consider the state and federal controls that exist over public schooling and the continual mandates that expand our mission.
How about a "de-control board" that actually returns local control to schools and school boards?
I thought Republicans used to stand for more local control and less state and federal control?
That is not what most of are seeing across America these days.
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