Group Wants Sales Tax To Replace Property, Income Taxes
8:01 AM, Jul 10, 2007
Some Marion County residents hurt by the big bite of property taxes huddled Monday evening in hopes of channeling their anger into a solution.The group, Hoosiers For Fair Taxation, want to eliminate income tax and property tax, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported."The FairTax Book," written by Neal Boortz, is their manifesto. The group wants a sales tax imposed on all new purchases, including food, but that would be the only tax."Only David can slay Goliath, and it does just take the little people to stand up and fight against the government people," said Andrew Horning, of Hoosier for Fair Taxation. "We demonstrated we are willing to do it, and there are politicians who are saying, 'OK, let's go.'"About 100 people gathered at the Talbot Street Nightclub to commiserate and plot strategy. Many who were there were simply frustrated."I'm not going to lose my home. It's just the fact that every little raise you get throughout the year from your employer, you are spending that in property taxes," said Sally Trammer, who lives in Pike Township. "It would be nice if I could spend that additional income on something else."
"I'm here to listen," said Mel Goldstein, who lives in Washington Township. "I want something that is fair and equitable for everybody, not just for a few."For the fair tax proposal to work, it would have to be embraced by surrounding states. So far, the only active proposals are in Michigan and Georgia.Supporters said the fair tax proposal would have to be approved in border states because it would be too easy for Indiana residents to go to those states and purchase big-ticket items, such as cars, and circumvent the sales tax.Fair tax supporters said they have something in mind for the state's current property tax crisis."What I would like to see is a stopgap measure where people can get relief where they can stay in their homes," Horning said. "We can use the constitution to make sure they stay in their homes, then find the correct solution when they (legislators) reconvene in January."