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BREAKING NEWS: Tincher running for re-election

Friday, January 25, 2008

State Rep. Vern Tincher discusses issues with residents at the Clay County Courthouse Friday as he announced he was running for re-election.
Vern Tincher has unfinished business to take care of.

The Indiana State Representative from District 46 met with Clay County voters at the Clay County Courthouse Friday to announce he was running for re-election.

"I've enjoyed representing the people of the 46th District," Tincher said. "I think I share the same values that they do. I believe in getting out to the community."

Tincher has served 11 two-year terms. But, he said there is unfinished business to take care of currently, further spurring his decision to run again.

While making the announcement Friday, Tincher took time to meet with constituents and answer some questions, particularly regarding property taxes.

"We're trying to ease the burden on people that own property," Tincher said. "But I think you're going to find there are going to be winners and losers.

"I feel that it's going to take a couple more sessions to finally get (property taxes) resolved."

Tincher also addressed a recent proposal by Gov. Mitch Daniels regarding doing away with elected township assessors. Part of Daniels' proposed property tax bill would do away with these positions. The duties of elected township assessors would be shifted to the county level under his proposal.

On Friday, Tincher said he did not agree with Daniels' proposal.

"I feel we're better off with elected officials," Tincher said. "I see the cost of government rising (if the proposal passes)."

On Thursday, state representatives approved the property tax plan. The state senate has already passed some parts of Daniels' proposal and the two chambers are now attempting to reach a compromise before a March 14 deadline of session adjournment.

In a press release provided by Tincher Friday, he said while he had concerns regarding the proposal, he voted for the bill on Third Reading to "keep it moving through the legislative process.

"Property taxes are on everyone's mind now and I have pledged to work with both parties in finding a solution to reduce property taxes," he said. "I have concerns about the sales tax increase and potential increases in the local option income tax and fear that those tax increases may cost some people more than they receive in property tax savings."

The retired Indiana State Police officer currently chairs the House Veterans' Affairs and Public Safety Committee, which handles most of the legislation dealing with Homeland Security, police and fire, and military and veterans' issues.

He also serves on three other standing House Committees, including Courts and Criminal Code, Government and Regulatory Reform, and Roads and Transportation.

Tincher also represents the House on Indiana's Counter-Terrorism and Security Council (CTASC), which is chaired by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and is composed of all state agency directors.

District 46 represents constituents from Clay, Owen, Vigo and Monroe counties.

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Vern continues to do a fantastic job representing ALL Clay County residents, not just those in District 46. I'm in District 44 and anytime I need help or have a question, I call Vern. He has never failed to answer my e-mails. He has even called me at home to respond.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 8:25 AM

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