In a recent column, Maureen Hayden was trying to make a case for abolishing the business property tax. In this column, one business owner gave an example of the unfairness of this tax by stating he pays sales tax on a piece of equipment when purchased, and then has to pay property tax on this same equipment every year.
My response is, so what? As a consumer, if I buy a new travel trailer I pay sales tax when the purchase is made, and hundreds of dollars in excise tax when I have to buy a license plate for that same travel trailer. Then I have to pay that excise tax every year when I buy that year’s license plate. That is hard on the consumer, and is a big reason why many of us have not purchased a new travel trailer in years, in a state that has thousands of citizens who depend upon the sale of travel trailers to stay employed. That is also true for pickup trucks and cars that are built in Indiana.
In some states trailer plates are purchased once and are then good for the entire time that individual owns that trailer. I don’t hear Ms. Hayden or Gov. Pence suggesting we change the way taxes are assessed on travel trailers to help job security for the workers in that industry. If business wants to be considered the same as us regular citizens when it comes to limits on political contributions, then business can pay taxes on property just like we do, every year.