Though the official record of the Rev & Tax Committee meeting today showed Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, voted in favor of a motion by Rep. Bill Killen to amend HB 245, the personal property tax phase-out bill, here was Roberts’ answer when I asked him why he cast that vote: “That’s in error.”
He checked, and sure enough, the committee’s record shows him voting “yes” on the motion, but he’s sure he voted “no.” (One observer suggested representatives need to speak up when they say “aye” or “nay.”) If he had voted “no,” the motion would have failed 7-11, rather than 8-10. Roberts is a co-sponsor of HB 245, which made his apparent vote for amendments especially interesting. “I did not vote that way,” Roberts said. He added that he supports the bill. “I think the taxes are too much on that kind of equipment,” he said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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