The poll for the special session fell 21 votes short of the amount needed.
Some legislators don’t think that a statewide 46% median increase in appraisals resulting in an average 21% increase in residential property tax is a problem.
Some legislators want a residential property tax increase because it lowers the property taxes for railroads, mines, and other large corporations.
The Democrats have a two-page bill ready to go that would create a revenue-neutral property tax system. The Governor turned down the Democrats request for a special session.
Ten Democrats should request a poll for a special session to adopt their bill. The support of the Democrats could provide more than enough votes for a special session.
The 2023 legislative session closed three days early.
At least now we know that local government can NOT reverse the 21% property tax increase. When a local budget must be trimmed, it usually means layoffs, no pay raises, or a reduction in employee benefits.
I do NOT want a 21% increase in residential property tax to pay for a large reduction in taxes for railroads, mines, and large corporations.
James C. Wangerin
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