More confusion, or is it deception, from the Indiana state house?
Quoted in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
The state also is freezing property tax relief payments at current levels, which could save the state about $215 million over two years but shift the tab to property taxpayers.
Daniels said local taxes were directly related to local spending, and schools and local governments could avoid property tax increases by “being as careful about their spending as the legislature is about its.”
Read those two paragraphs again. They contradict one another. Paraphrased another way...The state is forcing local property tax rates to rise, but it is the local school board or local government's fault they are rising. Huh????
There are only two explanations. Either the governor and his staffers are still uninformed on how school funding works, or they are intentionally deceitful. I remain hopeful that the governor and his staffers are still on a learning curve. But I wonder....