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House Rev & Taxers Snub Property Owners

“Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d’Alene, who served on the interim committee and is a member of Rev & Tax, asked Ahrens what could be done about a constituent of his in Coeur d’Alene who has lived in the same home since 1942, is retired, lives on Social Security, doesn’t qualify for public assistance and whose home is a “scraper” – something a wealthy investor would just tear down to get the valuable land underneath. But skyrocketing values have pushed his property taxes up so high he can’t afford to stay in his home. ‘What would you say to this man?’ Sayler asked (Steve) Ahrens (Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry exec). ‘How can this be a fair and balanced system?’ Ahrens responded, ‘I don’t know what I’d say to that guy. … You have to make laws that deal with the majority.’”

For the rest of Betsy Russell’s inside report re: how Idaho legislators are ignoring cries for property tax relief, click here. For Ahrens miscalculations re: property tax relief and his gall in asking for a tax break of $80M for businesses, click here.

Question: What will it take to get the cartel of Kempthorne-Newcomb-Crow to pay attention to the average Idaho homeowner?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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