FROM THE CALDWELL GUARDIAN
The mayors of Canyon County’s largest cities have been quietly pushing behind the scenes to raise the taxes of their constituents in the wake of declining property values, according to confidential GUARDIAN sources.
Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas and Tom Dale of Nampa have talked with the Canyon County Assessor about raising property tax assessments from an average of 97% of full market value to 107%. Idaho Code calls for all County Assessors to assess property at 100% of full market value, but the Tax Commission allows “wiggle room” of 10% plus or minus the actual value.
Currently taxing districts are up against the limit for tax levies as a percent of property value, hence the attempt to raise the values. The Canyon assessor’s staff are well within the limits set by the idaho tax commission.
Perhaps these politicos need a class in “Belt Tightening 101.” No word from either of the city councils about passing resolutions publicly asking the county to increase property assessments so they can increase tax revenue without increasing the levies.
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