The testimony at this morning’s business personal property tax hearing so far is all in favor; representatives of the Idaho Association of School Administrators and Idaho School Boards Association have spoken, along with Boise County Assessor Brent Adamson and Payette County Treasurer Donna Peterson. Adamson said, “We’re giving away value and we understand that, but we also understand there’s an interest in solving a problem that was started more than a decade ago when ag equipment came off the rolls.” Peterson said the bill would free up county treasurers like her from “spending tax dollars to chase pennies;” she said every year she has to send out 250 to 300 letters to taxpayers who haven’t paid their business equipment personal property tax bills in amounts ranging from “$3 to a couple hundred dollars,” and if they don’t pay, by law, “I have to send the sheriff out to collect those pennies.”
Phil Homer of the IASA said, “My organization supports HB 315 for two reasons: No. 1, HB 315 is the most affordable plan, and No. 2, it protects market value for future school district levies,” compared to HB 276. Pat Charlton, Vallivue School District superintendent, also spoke in favor; that wrapped up the public testimony on the bill.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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