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Kootenai County told to nix advisory board

Mon., Jan. 23, 2012, 8:39 a.m.

COEUR D’ALENE — A deputy attorney general says a plan by Kootenai County commissioners to create an advisory board for property valuation appeals is likely illegal.

But Commissioner Jai Nelson told the Coeur d’Alene Press that despite the opinion from Carol Olsson, the commission is still going to create the advisory board.

The commissioners meet every summer to hear taxpayers’ property valuation appeals. They want to shift that duty to the new panel, which will hear the appeals and make recommendations to the commission on how to rule. The commission contends the move is a time- and cost-saving measure.

But Olsson wrote in a letter to Rep. Frank Henderson that such a board appears to violate Idaho law by denying citizens of a chance to make their argument before the decision makers.

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