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SENATE BILL NO. 1502
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S1502......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
PROPERTY TAX - ADVISORY VOTE - Adds to existing law to submit an advisory
vote to the electors at the 2006 general election regarding deleting the
property tax for maintenance and operation of public schools and replacing
it with an increase in the sales tax.
04/11 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
Rpt prt - to St Aff
Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
Rls susp - PASSED - 35-0-0
AYES -- Andreason, Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burkett,
Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis,
Fulcher(Fulcher), Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill(Moeller), Jorgenson,
Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley, McGee,
McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet,
NAYS -- None
Absent and excused -- None
Floor Sponsor - Little
Title apvd - to House
04/11 House intro - 1st rdg - to Rev/Tax
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1502
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX FUNDING MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
3 AND REPLACEMENT FUNDS; STATING LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS, SUBMITTING AN ADVI-
4 SORY VOTE TO THE ELECTORS, DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY
5 GENERAL TO PERFORM SPECIFIED DUTIES, STATING THE QUESTION TO BE SUBMITTED,
6 DECLARING THE ADVISORY QUESTION A MEASURE, AND MAKING APPLICABLE CERTAIN
7 PROVISIONS GOVERNING ELECTION CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES; AND
8 DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
10 SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares that the issue of the
11 property tax funding maintenance and operations of public schools is of impor-
12 tance to the citizens of the state of Idaho. As a representative body, members
13 of the Legislature desire to be responsive and responsible to these citizens.
14 For this reason, the Legislature herewith submits an advisory ballot to the
15 electors of the state of Idaho, and the results will guide the Legislature as
16 to whether the three-tenths of one percent property tax contained in Section
17 33-802, Idaho Code, and levied against the market value of taxable property
18 in the school district for maintenance and operation purposes of school dis-
19 tricts be removed and the funds be replaced by a sufficient increase in the
20 state sales tax.
21 At the election to be held on November 7, 2006, the question provided
22 herein shall be placed on the ballot as an advisory vote. The Secretary of
23 State and the Attorney General shall perform the duties as prescribed for an
24 initiative in Chapter 18, Title 34, Idaho Code. The question shall be as fol-
26 "Shall the three-tenths of one percent property tax contained in
27 Section 33-802, Idaho Code, and levied against the market value of
28 taxable property in the school district for maintenance and opera-
29 tion purposes of school districts be removed and the funds be
30 replaced by a sufficient increase in the state sales tax?".
31 The advisory question provided for in this act is hereby declared to be a
32 "measure" for purposes of Chapter 66, Title 67, Idaho Code, and the provisions
33 of Chapter 66, Title 67, Idaho Code, shall apply thereto.
34 SECTION 2. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby
35 declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its
36 passage and approval.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Advisory vote to be placed on the November 7, 2006 ballot - The public policy
regarding Idaho s public school s funding for maintenance and operation (M&O) expenses
has been a matter of significant debate and proposed legislation. The public policy
question is, should public school M&O be paid with local property taxes or be shifted
to the state general fund which would require a commensurate increase in the sales tax
rate sufficient to offset the cash flow from property taxes? This proposed action is a
major public policy change. The long- term consequences would affect the way local
public schools are funded and could affect the manner in which local public schools are
operated. Because of the magnitude of this public policy change, this legislation
requests the citizens of Idaho to provide an advisory vote to the legislature in the
November 7, 2006 general election. FISCAL NOTE The cost of placing the advisory vote on
the November 7, 2006 ballot with pro and con arguments to be supplied by the Secretary
of State and Attorney General in the voters guide should not exceed $50,000.
The cost of placing the advisory vote on the November 7, 2006 ballot with pro
and con arguments to be supplied by the Secretary of State and Attorney General in the
voters guide should not exceed $50,000.
Name: Brad Little
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1502