The House Rev & Tax Committee met, and members were surprised to see a new bill in front of them – one that looked oddly familiar. It was Rep. Dell Raybould’s proposal to remove the indexing for inflation from the bill to expand the homeowner’s exemption. The odd thing about that: The same committee had already voted specifically against making that change.
After Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, moved to introduce Raybould’s new bill, Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, offered a substitute motion to return the measure to Raybould. Clark’s motion passed, 12-5. “It was an overwhelming vote to listen to what the people have been saying,” Clark said. “This is the homeowners’ bill. If it’s not indexed, all of the property tax relief will be eaten up in a very short time by the increasing value of homes.”
Clark said he saw the move as a “veiled attempt by the agriculture community” to shift future property taxes back to homeowners.
Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d’Alene, said, “I was surprised they had the audacity to bring it forward at this point.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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