Return Maintenance and Operations to the Property Tax
The ill planned tax shift passed during the special session has seriously decreased the revenue for the state. This decrease in revenue is severely impacting schools and other important programs.
Homeowner occupied properties should continue to be exempt from the M&O portion of property tax. This plan was proposed, but never was given a chance for debate by the legislature. It is time to bring it back.
Theodore Guindon commented
Property taxes are unconstitutional as they are a direct tax. In order to a property tax to be constitutional, it would have to be the same amount paid by every individual who owns property. Because of property taxes, I cannot own a home overlooking Coeur d'Alene Lake, on Coeur d'Alene Lake, or on the Spokane River because the increased property tax value would be probitive. That is unconstitutional. I have the lawful right to own property anywhere and enjoy the scenery or lapping of a lake or river and not be forced out of that market by some "rich dude."