Idaho cities, towns, and counties provide critical support for first response, public safety, and other services. Property taxes are a crucial source of support for these services, and a reexamination of who carries the load – and the issues it raises about fairness – should be a key priority for Idaho lawmakers. Our tax system should not tax people with modest means further into poverty. Yet middle and lower income Idahoans pay much higher property taxes, as a percentage of their income, than more affluent Idahoans.
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