Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, introduced legislation today regarding float-homes, an often-contentious issues in North Idaho, but the bill’s not particularly controversial. It changes a definition so that all float homes, regardless of which type of utility hookup and sewer lines they have, are classified as real property rather than personal property for tax purposes. Now, the float homes at Bayview that have sewer lines that connect to onshore systems fit the definition, but some on Lake Coeur d’Alene that have different types of onboard sewage storage systems don’t. The reason it matters: Last year’s legislation to give businesses a tax break on personal property tax otherwise would unintentionally apply to some float-homes, once it took effect (it hasn’t yet, due to down state revenues). The House Revenue & Taxation Committee agreed to introduce the bill, which Clark said came to him from Kootenai County Assessor Mike McDowell.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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