Monday, April 18, 2011
Does this mean you will pay less property tax...FAGEDDABOUTIT. The levy rates and the assessed values work together to determine the taxes you will pay. State law allows cities and counties to remain REVENUE NEUTRAL and take a 3% overall increase in property tax revenue. When reading the minutes and transcripts of the Commishes during budget hearings in 2009/10 regarding the Bujak legal mess it was clear the Commishes were painfully aware they had to do something to lower taxes.
They could lower the tax load or face trying to explain a 20% increase in the levy rates to voters and taxpayers. THE GUARDIAN has to had it to them, they worked at lowering the tax bite for all of us last year rather than face the music from hostile taxpayers. You can look forward to seeing a lower assessed value on your property but don't expect any reduction in your property tax load this year.
We received good news from Mayor Nancolas last week that it is his intention to float an RFP (request for proposals) on misdemeanor prosecutions for the city of Caldwell. Currently, Caldwell pays $34,000.00 a month to the law firm doing prosecutions but about $9,500/month goes for civil work. Let's all wait and see what Mayor Nancolas and Mayor Dale of Nampa do to match the efforts of the County Commishes last year. Caldwell raised taxes 2.7% and if we recall correctly Mayor Dale came in with a 5% increase (he took 2% from the previous year and took the 3% allowed by law).
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 9:06 PM