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Tue., Feb. 12, 2013, 8:22 a.m.

Tribes Seek Property Tax Equality

Seeking equality for tribal governments, a lobbyist from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe encouraged the Legislature on Monday to halt counties' taxation of reservation land. Helo Hancock, addressing the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, spoke in support of a bill that would make tribal government land exempt from property taxes. House Bill 140 will next move into a hearing, said Coeur d'Alene Tribe spokeswoman Heather Keen. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe's position, Keen said, is that tribal land should be treated the same as property owned by other government entities in Idaho. "What it comes down to is there aren't any government entities that pay property tax in Idaho," Keen said. "No county governments, no city governments, no school districts or highway districts. Property owned by these entities aren't taxed, and property owned by the tribe should be treated the same"/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should property owned by Idaho tribes be exempt from property taxes?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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