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Commercial Property Tax Reform Faces Tough Senate Odds

Posted: Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Brad Gaspelin

As previously reported, lawmakers are looking at reducing the percent of taxes collected from commercial properties from 100 to 40%. On Wednesday night, a the House Ways and Means Committee approved the bill. The plan is expected to pass the Republican controlled House, but the Senate Democratic Leader says the bill won’t get the support of the Senate’s Democratic majority. He says its just a shift of $310 million from commercial property taxes to residential taxes. Both Representative Jarad Klein and Senator Sandy Greiner say they would like to see commercial property tax reform, but worry how cities and towns will be able to maintain their funding. But County Treasurer Jeff Garrett says that it would likely cause taxes to be collected from somewhere else. KCII will continue to follow this bill and bring you more information as it becomes official.