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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau: Property taxes drop across district

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 6, 2010) - State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) said today an updated 2009 Statewide Property Tax Report shows bills went down significantly in all Senate District 5 counties where records were available.

According to Charbonneau, decreases in average homestead tax bills from 2007 to 2009 were experienced in Pulaski (81 percent), Jasper (51. 4 percent), Starke (43.9 percent), St. Joseph (32.4 percent) and Marshall (28.1 percent) counties. Data was not yet available for LaPorte and Porter counties.

"Results in these four counties as well as statewide show us the tax policies enacted in March 2008 are helping Hoosiers keep more of their hard-earned dollars," Charbonneau said. "I think we're on the right track where property taxes are concerned, but there's more that can be done. In order to ensure long-term taxpayer protection, we must put the property tax caps constitutional amendment question in the hands of the voters in the coming year. I will continue to support policies to reduce the property tax burdens Hoosiers have faced now for so long."

Meanwhile, Charbonneau emphasized that more than 1.3 million Hoosier homesteads saw lower property tax bills from 2007 to 2009. That accounts for nearly 96 percent of all Indiana homesteads. Almost half of the homesteads reporting saw property taxes go down as much as 21 to 25 percent.

Officials with the Office of Fiscal & Management Analysis said that while the report is still incomplete, it served as a good representation of the state as a whole.  Charbonneau said the report is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/pdf/STATEWIDE09.PDF and covers 85 of the state's 92 counties, representing 91 percent of Indiana's parcels.

Sen. Charbonneau represents Senate District 5, which includes Starke County and portions of Porter, LaPorte, Marshall, Jasper, Pulaski and St. Joseph counties.

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