News Democrats 4 Eyman
posted by March 27 at 10:10 AMon
UPDATE: Rep. Hunter called to say I misunderstood our conversation this morning. He’s right. Hunter said it’s likely the courts will reinstate Eyman’s I-747. As for the House Democrats, Hunter says he just doesn’t know. However, the Dems are taking up the 747 bill this week in caucus, a bill that never made it through committee. I have edited my original post to correct the record.
State House Finance Committee Chair Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48, Medina) just told me the Democrats may enshrine Tim Eyman’s 1 percent cap on property taxes on the books.
Tomorrow afternoon, the Democratic House caucus is taking up a bill to do just that.
(Eyman’s 747, which handcuffs local governments from keeping pace with inflation, stalling the ability to provide services, was tossed by a KC superior court judge last year.)
Says Rep. Hunter, who’s heading up the discussions: “I don’t know what we’re going to do. We might reinstate 747. We might not. I don’t know. I think it’s likely the court will reinstate it.”
I understand that Dems feel compelled to do something about property taxes. Indeed, the poorest homeowners pay 6 percent of their income in property taxes (seniors are particularly hard hit) while the richest bracket pays 2.8 percent. Certainly, this doesn’t seem like a fair system. But, considering that Eyman’s system has been in play for 5 years now, it hardly seems like 747 is the fix.
Nervous that the Dems were still interested in codifying 747, I wrote this column in last week’s Stranger.