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Bill from former Rep. Lake would change definitions for personal property

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Machinery and other equipment that's bolted down could soon be subject to real estate taxes, under legislation introduced today in the House Revenue & Taxation Committee that seeks to intervene in the debate over repealing personal property taxes. Items like ventilation systems, plumbing and machinery wouldn't be eligible for proposed personal property tax breaks, under the measure introduced in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee Monday. Former Republican Rep. Dennis Lake said his bill includes permanent additions, called “fixtures.” Lake said he aims to help legislators “solve the conundrum” of personal property tax repeal. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has made the repeal a top priority for the 2013 Legislature. No bill has been introduced, but Otter's draft proposal has received praise from industry — and criticism from counties and school districts.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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