HB 1515 would have lowered property taxes for property owners who preserve wetlands. Authored by Rep Pat Boy (D-Michigan City) and co-authored by Rep. Mike Aylesworth (R-Hebron) and Rep. Sue Errington (D- Muncie), HB 1515 expanded the DNR’s existing Classified Wildlands Program to include smaller wetlands. The portion of a property that qualifies for the program receives a lower property tax assessment, acknowledging the benefits wetlands provide to the broader community.
Since HB 1515 has not had a hearing and did not advance in the House, HEC is working with legislators who are interested in amending this language into another bill.
Contact your state representative and senator and urge them to support incentives for wetland protection.