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December 7, 2013

Q&A: Wabash Valley legislators reply to questions on business tax proposal

TERRE HAUTE — EDITOR’S NOTE: The Indiana General Assembly is expected to consider a proposal to eliminate or reduce the business personal property tax when the 2014 session gets under way in January. Tribune-Star reporter Howard Greninger asked Wabash Valley legislators four questions related to the proposal. The questions were submitted in writing via email, as were all of the responses but one; Kreg Battles gave his answers by telephone, they were typed and he approved the written version. John Waterman responded to the four questions with two paragraphs, listed in his answer to question 1. The questions and answers are below.

1) Do you support the elimination of Indiana’s business personal property tax? Why?

Rep. Alan Morrisson, R-Terre Haute, District 42

I have had the opportunity to meet with a large number of business owners, local leaders and Hoosiers in West Central Indiana about the issue of reducing, eliminating or keeping Indiana’s business personal property tax the same. Right now, I’m in the process of gathering input from those affected by this tax and weighing both sides of this issue. House Speaker Brian Bosma mentioned on Organization Day that this issue is part of our 2014 legislative agenda, and I look forward to continuing to have discussions with Hoosiers, looking at the legislation once it is authored and making an informed decision in the best interests of those I represent. I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts, concerns or suggestions.

Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute, District 43

I am opposed to the elimination of the business personal property tax. Local governments will lose millions of dollars in revenue if this tax is repealed. Cities and towns are having a hard time paying the bills, and if this tax is repealed they will be forced to, in some cases, lay off police, firemen and city employees.

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