So far, more than 25 cities and towns have passed resolutions, including Fairmont, Monticello and now Peru.
Greller said the association is pointing legislators to the list of resolutions to show local governments’ opposition to the proposal.
Last week, both the House and Senate passed their respective versions of a bill that would change how the tax is structured, but neither bill calls for a complete elimination of the tax on business personal property.
Even so, Greller said either version of the bill would eventually lead to the full elimination of the tax if approved and painfully reduce local government revenue.
That revenue loss would come on the heels of the state’s approval of property tax caps, which also substantially reduced money coming in to the coffers of cities, counties, schools, townships, libraries and other local taxing units.
“We can’t afford to lose one more dollar of revenue to local governments,” Greller said. “It’s something that’s not sustainable. We’d be seeing cuts to public safety and other basic services cities and towns provide.”
The Indiana associations of teachers, firefighters, police, counties and libraries have also joined in the “Replace, Don’t Erase” campaign, along with more than 12 other statewide organizations.
“It has been a very disappointing week to see that so many lawmakers are not willing to seriously consider the consequences these actions will have on Indiana’s cities, towns, counties, townships, libraries and schools,” reads a statement on the Indiana Association of City and Towns website.