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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

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:32pm

The next Arizona governor will inherit a debate over a contentious property tax for rooftop solar panels, which Democrat Fred Duval said he opposes.Read More

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:17pm

Individual property tax bills vary wildly because of the mix of tax rates in the patchwork of school districts, municipalities and nearly 1,450 active special-taxing districts across Maricopa County. Here's a look at three elementary school district collections and the impact on property taxes. Read More