All eyes immediately turned to Rep. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, who was up next to propose a bill giving a property tax break to homeowners over age 70. But McKague’s bill got introduced on a unanimous vote. It will go to a subcommittee studying property tax relief bills. Already there is one from Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, to offer a voluntary deferral of large property tax increases for taxpayers 65 or older, with the balance due when they sell, move or die.
A few minutes later, David Lehmann, an aide to Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, faced the committee to pitch a bill allowing an income tax checkoff to help families of National Guard members. “I appreciate your comments earlier,” Lehmann told Crow. “I would ask that the committee not pay too much attention to them for a few more minutes.”
Amid laughter, Crow warned, “That’s not smart.”
But the checkoff bill, too, got introduced on a unanimous vote.