It wasn’t about property taxes – Rep. George Sayler’s proposal in House Rev & Tax this morning was to give people who donate to Project Safe Place’s teen crisis programs an income tax credit. The committee agreed to introduce the bill, which Sayler said should help the program that provides immediate help and resources for young people in crisis as it faces severe reductions in its federal funding. In Coeur d’Alene, the program recently lost $100,000 in federal funds – two-thirds of its annual budget, reports S-R reporter Erica Curless.
It was the first time in a long time that Rev & Tax didn’t have a property tax bill on its agenda, which instead was filled with income tax credit and sales tax exemption proposals. When Sayler went to present his proposal, he happily pointed out that it wasn’t a property tax bill. Committee Chairwoman Dolores Crow, R-Nampa, responded, “Isn’t it nice to do something other than property tax.” But not everyone was so convinced. A man in the back was heard saying “We’re not done yet!”