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2013 House Bill 4147: Revise basis of public-safety “special assessment” levies
  1. Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on January 30, 2013, to allow local "special assessment" property taxes that are imposed on top of regular property taxes and earmarked for police and fire services to be levied on a flat-rate per parcel basis, rather than on based on the assessed value of each parcel (called “ad valorem” in the tax laws). Special assessments were originally intended to only fund improvements that especially benefit properties within a certain "district," but today are often imposed for core government services like public safety, and differ little from regular property taxes, except they are not subject to a vote of the people and other constitutional restrictions.
    • Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on January 30, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 11, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2013.
  2. Passed 57 to 50 in the House on April 18, 2013, to allow local "special assessment" property taxes that are imposed on top of regular property taxes and earmarked for police and fire services to be levied on a flat-rate per parcel basis, rather than the assessed value of each parcel (which is called “ad valorem” in the tax laws). Special assessments were originally intended to only fund improvements that especially benefit properties within a certain "district," but today are often imposed for core government services like public safety, and differ little from regular property taxes, except they are not subject to a vote of the people and other constitutional restrictions.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 23, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on April 23, 2013.

Comments

Re: 2013 House Bill 4147 (Revise detail of public-safety related property tax “special assessments” )  by jg48386 on March 6, 2013 
You have no idea what you're talking about. By that line of reasoning young families who demand school resources for more than 50% of the year are protecting their asset at the expense of poor retired senior citizens and other childless people who still pay school taxes. You should get the facts on who uses the most police and fire resources. It doesn't matter. Public safety is a core, basic function of government with the expense borne by all.

Re: 2013 House Bill 4147 (Revise detail of public-safety related property tax “special assessments” )  by GH-UpNorth on February 8, 2013 
Large estates and businesses demand more police and fire resources at critical times than do law abiding poor people who might have to choose between food and paying their new fixed tax fees. This bill would be contrary to the existing progressive elements in our property tax system, and is just an effort to protect the many assets of the wealthy at the expense of the poor.

2013 House Bill 4147 (Revise detail of public-safety related property tax “special assessments” )  by admin on February 8, 2013 
Introduced in the House on January 30, 2013

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