Citations Affected: None (noncode).
Synopsis: Property tax replacement study commission. Establishes the
property tax replacement study commission to study the elimination of
property taxes and alternative sources of revenue.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 8, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Finance.
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning taxation.
SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this
SECTION, "commission" refers to the property tax replacement
study commission established by subsection (b).
(b) The property tax replacement study commission is established.
(c) The commission consists of sixteen (16) members who are appointed as follows:
(1) Eight (8) members appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate as follows:
(A) One (1) member representing manufacturing.
(B) One (1) member representing small business.
(C) One (1) member representing farmers.
(D) One (1) member representing home builders.
(E) One (1) member representing realtors.
(F) One (1) member who is a member of a city fiscal body.
(G) One (1) member who is a mayor.
(H) One (1) member who is a township trustee.
(2) Eight (8) members appointed by the speaker of the house
of representatives as follows:
(A) One (1) member representing business.
(B) One (1) member representing labor.
(C) One (1) member representing senior citizens.
(D) One (1) member representing accountants.
(E) One (1) member representing banking.
(F) One (1) member who is a parent of a child enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12.
(G) One (1) member who is a school board member.
(H) One (1) member who is a member of a county fiscal body.
Not more than eight (8) members of the commission may be from the same political party.
(d) The members appointed under subsection (c) may not be members of the general assembly. Each member of the commission must own property subject to assessment under IC 6-1.1 and have knowledge and experience in the areas of taxation and government finance or school finance. Each member must be appointed not later than fifteen (15) days after the effective date of this act.
(e) The president pro tempore of the senate shall appoint the chair of the commission and the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint the vice chair of the commission.
(f) The commission shall study the following proposals:
(1) Eliminating approximately fifty percent (50%) of net property tax levies.
(2) Eliminating approximately seventy-five percent (75%) of net property tax levies.
(3) Eliminating approximately one hundred percent (100%) of net property tax levies.
The study required under this subsection must identify revenue sources capable of replacing property taxes and providing sufficient revenue to maintain essential government services.
(g) The commission is authorized to meet throughout the year at the call of the chair. The chair must call the first meeting of the commission not later than thirty (30) days after the effective date of this act. The commission shall submit status reports concerning the commission's activities to the legislative council during June and September of 2004.
(h) Before December 1, 2004, the commission shall submit to the legislative council an executive summary of each of the possible alternatives for achieving the property tax elimination proposals described in subsection (f). As soon as possible after submission of
the executive summary, the commission shall supplement the
executive summary with a final report to the legislative council
covering the following matters:
(1) The commission's schedule of meetings and the public testimony received at those meetings.
(2) The commission's findings and recommendations, including any recommendations for statutory changes.
(3) A fiscal analysis of the cost to the state, units of local government, and school corporations to implement:
(A) the alternatives for property tax elimination presented in the commission's executive summary; and
(B) the commission's recommendations.
(i) Except as otherwise provided in this SECTION, the commission shall operate under the rules and procedures of the legislative council.
(j) The affirmative votes of at least nine (9) members of the commission are required for the commission to take action on any measure.
(k) Members of the commission are entitled to per diem and travel allowances in the same amounts as the legislative council provides for members of interim study committees.
(l) The legislative services agency shall provide staff support for the commission as directed by a subcommittee established by the legislative council.
(m) The status reports, executive summary, and final report required by this SECTION must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
(n) This SECTION expires January 1, 2005.
SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act.