So whose fault is it that property tax rates are rising?
One of the great advantages that state governments have through controlling educational policy, is that they not only get to set policy, but they get to decide who pays for it. They can have their cake and eat it too. Make new rules, pass it off to local tax payers then say, "It's those dang schools again...if they would just control spending...."
Here is good quote:
Bill Blomquist, a political scientist at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, said, “What you see, especially in Indiana, is that state officials are more than happy to claim credit when local property taxes are reduced, and more than happy to blame local officials whenever property taxes go up,” Blomquist said.