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Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 5:48pm

The problem began many years ago when our State Legislature drew boundaries for its school districts and authorized them with local taxing authority. The idea was to enable local control. Specifically, the plan was to empower locally elected school officials to manage the financial needs of their neighborhood schools. Unfortunately, these districts were not created with funding equity in mind. Now equal funding is a real problem, one that is destined to be fought in our courts if we don’t solve it soon. Read More

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 8:23pm

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization. Read More

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 8:20pm

roposition 8, which allows homeowners to ask for a decrease in their property taxes when their house decreases in value, may wind up raising property taxes this year as house values are rebounding, Capital Public Radio reports.  Read More

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:45pm

Eight years ago, Idaho's Republican leadership made you a promise. They would reduce your property taxes while taking care of your schools. Too bad it didn't work out that way. During his brief stint as Idaho's interim governor in 2006, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch ramrodded to passage a tax shift - repealing the property tax that then provided schools with $260 million and replacingit with a penny increase in the sales tax that generated only $210 million. Then his successor, Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter, cut school budgets even more to free up cash for tax cuts. The result, Idaho Education News' Kevin Richert reports, has been $1 billion worth of supplemental property taxes school patrons have implemented to backfill some - but far from all - of the schools' losses during the past eight years/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. Read More