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The Property Tax Requirement Act even goes one step further. The law requires political subdivisions to pass a resolution or ordinance to raise property taxes higher than the previous year’s taxes. This is important as it forces elected officials to file files to raise your taxes. Taxpayers need to know exactly who is responsible for increasing their property taxes. By requiring a resolution or regulation, the mystery of who raised your property taxes is finally revealed.

Legislation that promotes greater transparency in government is always a good thing. When is government transparency ever a bad thing? Taxpayers have the right to hold their elected officials accountable and the Property Tax Requirement Act facilitates this process.

Property Tax Claims Act slightly shifts the balance of power in favor of the taxpayer, and government officials generally don’t like this. Because of this, organizations like the Platte Institute and Americans for Prosperity, campaigning for property tax relief, smaller government, and greater government transparency, testified in the public hearing for this bill. Conversely, the lobbyists, who usually fight against the easing of property taxes, a smaller government and greater transparency in government, testified against this bill in the public hearing.

The bottom line is that the Property Tax Request Act is a good bill. When it came up for discussion last week, I supported it and I am pleased to announce that this bill has moved on to Select File. Senator Hansen is working to make this bill even better through an amendment. His amendment will answer some of the objections raised to the bill during the floor debate. It is always good to make a good calculation even better.