Unintended consequences seemed to be the order of the day in the House taxation committee as language left over in the law that allows libraries, fire districts and other local entities to levy taxes would have unintentionally cut those tax rates and forced library districts into holding yearly elections to stay functioning.
This was not supposed to be the point of the hearing, according to committee chairman Marvin Kleeb.
“We have a number of unelected boards and commissions that have the ability to levy taxes and raise taxes,” Kleeb said. “They have no direct accountability to the taxpayers.”
However, the specifics of the statute, which was not cleaned up when the tax lid was lifted in the late 90s, muddied the issue and made it difficult to get to the original point of the hearing.
“I think we had some great information here,” Kleeb said. “It’s impractical in some instances. We have regional library systems for example, would a tax increase mean that you would have to go to multiple counties? That’s just one of the instances here.”
Kleeb did not rule out working the bill, but he didn’t sound optimistic Monday.
“With all this input, we will carefully take it under consideration and decide whether or not we either clean up this bill to reflect the concerns or whether to just let it go at this point in time.”