Property tax proposals coming into focus, the struggle begins

“Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made,” according to American author and humorist Mark Twain. Some quibble and say the quote should be credited to Otto von Bismarck, the Prussian statesman and architect of German unification.

Whoever said it is not important now. It’s an apt description of what is about to transpire, as lawmakers get serious about addressing the nagging issue of property tax relief. No quibbling. Expect a full-blown battle pitting agricultural interests against business. Throw in the schools and local governments that depend on the tax and mix with the people who just want their streets plowed in the winter. Dangle suggestions of an urban -- rural split.

Absolutely nothing volatile about that mix is there? Now filter it through lobbyists and special interest groups and 49 state senators who have a couple months ahead of them to consider the 141 bills introduced this session that mention the words “property tax.” That’s sausage!


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