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Don’t blame assessors for tax shift

In today's editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments:

Nez Perce County Assessor Dan Anderson is right: Just because the assessed value of your home is rising - perhaps by tens of thousands of dollars - is no reason to panic. Under the circumstances, you can expect levies to drop, thereby keeping your overall property tax bill in check. For instance, if your assessment expands 5 percent and your levy falls by the same amount, you're likely to feel no ill effects. For now. The problem is Idaho's lawmakers set off a tax shift that perpetually will sting homeowners to the benefit of commercial, industrial and agricultural property owners. More here.

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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