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Tue., May 1, 2007, 9:58 a.m.

Lewiston Trib: Otter’s Proposing Tax on Moving

Does Butch Otter ever bother talking to people who know about the property tax before he says, again, that he's considering freezing property valuations for Idahoans who stay in the same house? The fact that California essentially did what Otter suggests doesn't prevent it from being a crackpot idea. Thursday night on Idaho Public Television, Otter repeated the idea he broached in Lewiston last October during a debate with Democrat Jerry Brady. He said he is looking at proposing that property valuations be held at artificially low levels for as long as people own their homes. When a house sells, the valuation - and the property tax calculated from it - would jump up to market level. That means the new owner of the home would pay far higher taxes than the former one did. But it also means the former owner would pay far higher taxes for any new home purchased. What is now a tax on property would become a tax on moving -- Jim Fisher/Lewiston Tribune.

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Question: Would you mind Idaho implementing this "tax on moving"?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.