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Property taxes pay for some of the basic public services you have come to expect, including first responders, law enforcement, roads, and schools.

As candidates for the Legislature, we believe in protecting these services while ensuring the necessary revenue is collected in a fair way. Unfortunately, the Republican majority in the Idaho Legislature has failed when it comes to fairness. Since the GOP capped the homeowner’s exemption in 2016, we have seen an ever-growing shift of the property tax load onto homeowners and away from commercial interests. While residents are seeing big jumps in their property tax bills, property tax bills are going down for many corporate-owned buildings. In the name of fairness, we need to strike a better balance.

Jeff Nafsinger is running for the House in District 15. Rick Just is running for the Senate in District 15.

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