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December 19, 2011

In Response - Don’t blame Legislature for property taxes

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We took several steps regarding the market value program during this last session.

We passed, and the governor vetoed a bill to give local governments the same aid as last year. We passed, and the governor vetoed a bill to reduce and phase out the statewide property tax on commercial/industrial properties. We are committed towards direct tax relief to the payers.

Please remember, there were counties and cities across the state that saw this coming. They knew they were not going to get the promised aid, planned accordingly and actually cut their levy to get to a zero increase in taxes. One can make the argument that the state failed to give the planned funding. But when you know that you are not going to get that amount, then spend that amount anyway, then levy it back and blame it on the state?

Well, that argument loses its validity. My advice to local leaders is to look at what’s happening in Washington D.C. and overseas and realize that we are in a very fragile and precarious position. Think very hard before giving grants to organizations, building paved trails or buying land. This could get worse!

Rep. Tony Cornish R- Good Thunder

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