Friday, November 18, 2005

Property Tax Control Board defines "local control"

Evidently Indiana's Property Tax Control Board has created the following operational definition for the term "local control."

local control (lo'kul kun'trol) 1. we the state, control the locals

Recent decisions by the Indiana State Property Tax Control Board, as well as comments by board members in the meetings, show an agenda that is so obviously political it is appalling. One school district went for approval of a 10 year construction bond issue and was only approved when they made it 18 years instead. The rationale? I can only assume the state board wanted to show they lowered the tax rates. Nevermind that it was a local decision and it would be paid with 100% local tax payer dollars.

Now...the community will pay more by borrowing over the long run. Now mind you, there is nothing wrong with either approach. We can also argue that it should be a user tax by spreading the cost over 18 years so everyone pays a little. The point is....WHO should make that decision? Political hacks trying to protect the governor from being accused of raising taxes? Or local patrons who pay the freight on the project?

local control (lo'kul kun'trol) 1. we the state, control the locals


At Friday, November 18, 2005, Blogger Shelley said...

Hey Super - I read the report on this too and was appropriately appalled. Equally appalling were the several references to consolidation of small schools during this meeting. Education in Indiana has entered some very scary times.

At Friday, November 18, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

Especially since consolidation of schools and school systems would seem to have very little to do with the scope of this boards authority.

Which would seem to indicate board members are spouting the rhetoric from those who appointed them.

At Saturday, November 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send a message and vote for Democrats for the General Assembly


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