The Legislature’s Property Tax Working Group has opened its meeting this afternoon at the Capitol; it’s scheduled to meet from 1 to 5 p.m., with the final hour devoted to public testimony. It’s the second meeting of the group, and it won’t be the last. “The purpose, of course is to study those things that are affecting real property taxes and what the Legislature may need to do about that,” said the panel’s Senate co-chair, Sen. Kelly Anthon, R-Burley.
Rep. Gary Collins, R-Nampa, the House co-chair, said based on the calls, letters and emails he's receiving, “The obvious problem that we have in the state now is that a lot of our constituents and citizens are being priced out of their homes, because of property taxes, tax levies, what have you. I don’t necessarily have the answers ... but when you have individuals who have been in their home for 45 years and their property tax has doubled or tripled in the last five or six years and they’re on Social Security and a very limited pension, something has to be done to help those people as well as those who are in better jobs, making more money, but their monthly tax bill is more than their house payments. So those are things I think we hopefully will be able to address.”
The panel is hearing presentations this afternoon from legislative staff; the Idaho Association of Counties; Associated Taxpayers of Idaho; and the Idaho Freedom Foundation; as well as public testimony. You can watch live here.