CHICAGO — The Indiana General Assembly began debate this week on a slew of legislative proposals to reform the state’s property tax system as lawmakers reconvened for a 2008 session that they vowed would end with significant property tax reform.

Hours after returning to work Tuesday, legislators in both houses called public hearings and debated bills that would dramatically reduce — and in one case, completely eliminate — property taxes through a variety of measures that include eliminating local government positions and restricting local government spending.

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