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Wed., Jan. 30, 2013, 8:30 a.m.

Taggart: Otter Proposal Shifts Taxes

Tom Taggart (RE: Otter plan would blow $39M hole in public school budget): I’m glad the correct information is getting out. Even some school officials didn’t understand how this would impact them. For the huge majority there would be no revenue loss, but other local taxpayers who own real property would pay it instead. This would be property tax increase for homeowners across the state. The remaining issue with this that has not received the attention it should is including what is called operating property in the repeal. This property includes railroaad rails and facilities; power lines; pipelines; etc. It is appraised by the state and the values added to taxing district values. This benefits Burlington Northern, Idaho Power, etc. This is not the same thing as a small business struggling with a very cumbersome tax. Operating property is a big percentage of the impact this would have.

Question: Are you beginning to understand that we're going to pay for Butch Otter's attempt to shift $141M in taxes from mostly big business to local taxpayers?

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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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