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Monday, March 02, 2009

HB 246 Fails - The Bill to aid Large lot owners

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Rep Gage Froerer's HB 246 has failed. From the story:

Froerer estimated that the large-lot owners would benefit by an average $160 tax decrease and other property owners would pay an extra $1.50.

Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, opposed the bill on that basis.

"This is both class warfare and bad policy," he said.
The bill faced opposition from many fronts, with the Tribune penning an editorial opposing the bill in its February 16, 2009 issue calling the bill a "Manor Exemption." Four days prior, on February 12, 2009, the Tribune mentioned the bill had passed committee 11-1 and was heading to the full house - the sub title read 'Assessor says the measure would shift burden.' The bill ultimately died in the house but was revived in the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, where it failed today 2-4.

We applaud Rep. Froerer for his efforts this legislative session.


Pistol Pete said...

It is obvious, that most tax reform efforts require a shift in taxes somewhere else. Any tax reform bill that may benefit some, will reward others that are not as needy most of the time. This gives the opponents of tax reform leverage to use against all tax reform legislation.

The key is to find solutions that do not shift tax burdens, not an easy task.

Such a solution can be found in legislation as Rep. Hunsaker did with HB 23. It turns out the Counties have not had to account for the Collected delinquent taxes for budget purposes. Therefore the Certified Tax Rate did not include that money. It means they have been able to budget for more taxes at your expense.

Sybill said...

A tip of the cap to Gage Froerer for his efforts. He is trying to help those in Ogden Valley that are impacted by the zoning laws. Failure does not mean the end. Keep up the good efforts Gage.