By DAVE KITCHELL

Pharos-Tribune staff writer

Republican legislative candidate Rick Eller is campaigning on it and State Rep. Rich McClain, the man he is campaigning against, has already voted for it.

But will Indiana ever give up its property tax system in favor of other taxes that replace it?

To date, the Indiana House of Representatives has voted 98-0 in favor of a three-year phase-out of the property tax. But where will the revenue to run schools and city, county and state government come from if not from property taxes? The House has rejected a cigarette tax and many taxes were adjusted as part of a tax overhaul plan recommended by former Gov. Joe Kernan when he was lieutenant governor. Would increases in sales, income, gasoline and other taxes be enough to offset the huge loss of revenue, or would it be detrimental to consumers? Or is the move just a shell game that will allow property owners to benefit, but only until they pay more for goods or services or in income taxes?

The issue provides the backdrop for this week’s Pharos-Tribune Sound Off question:

Will Indiana ever stop taxing property, and given the predictability of it, should shifts ever be made to sales and income taxes as well as user fees?

Callers have until 5 p.m. Friday to call Sound Off at 722-5000, Ext. 5195. Outside local exchanges, callers may dial (800) 676-4125, Ext. 5195. Callers are asked to leave their name, daytime phone number and opinion.

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