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Map: How Much Money Your School District Lost To Indiana’s Property Tax Caps

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This map shows how much of each Indiana school corporation’s local tax levy was lost to the state’s property tax caps in 2013. Note: Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance does not have property tax cap data for LaPorte County, accounting for the gap in the map there.


Most school districts’ losses to Indiana’s property tax caps, which we’ve been discussing at great length recently, only amount to a drop in the bucket.

But as our brand new map shows, the 50 or 60 districts that have lost the largest shares of property tax dollars to the caps come from all over the state, featuring enrollments large and small.

What the map doesn’t show: The caps’ impact has grown since their debut. Property owners statewide got to keep more than $245 million last year that would’ve gone to school corporations if not for the caps — up $100 million from 2010.

(For a table listing every district’s losses, click here.)

Note how even in the state’s less-populated areas, a school district’s losses to the caps tend to be higher in incorporated cities or towns. As Purdue economist Larry DeBoer explains, that’s because a property owner in a city or town has to pay for more layers of government services than a property owner in an unincorporated, rural area.

“If your [district] overlaps a city or town, you are much more likely to lose revenue from property tax cap credits than you are if you don’t overlap a city or town,” DeBoer tells StateImpact, adding that 90 percent of the property tax cap losses occur in these incorporated areas.

Four Indiana school corporations — the district in the tiny Ohio River town of Cannelton, along with Gary, Muncie and Franklin Township schools — lost more than half of their revenues to the caps.

Fourteen additional districts lost more than 20 percent of their revenues to the caps.

Still making sense of how the caps work? We’ve got just the video for you.



  • progressiveGreene

    hmm. I wonder which perspective this news source is taking. “Property owners statewide got to keep more than $245 million last year that would’ve gone to school corporations if not for the caps — up $100 million from 2010.” In this mental frame, no wonder Indiana is where it is politically.

  • progressiveGreene

    If I was writing the story I might frame the issue in a more accurate light. Such as “of the 6.5 million people in Indiana, only approximately 1.75 million are fortunate enough to own their own homes (or are in the process of buying a home through a mortgage). Of those people fortunate enough to be able to own or attempt to own their home, Indiana also has at least 2,100 millionaires and four billionaires. Those 1.75 million homeowners all got another tiny stroke of good luck, when they were included in the tax giveaway orchestrated by those 2,100 millionaires (or better) and their lobbyists, who were able to convince the legislature (through bribes and access) to refuse to ask those who have benefitted the most from system to contribute to the future of it.”

  • progressiveGreene

    Hooray! Another win for the greedy and the short-sighted. What is going to make this country even better is more wealth inequality and dumber children!

  • progressiveGreene

    When telling a story context is everything

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