Day 30: Truth in Bonding
Rep. Greg Hughes is sponsoring HB393, also known as Truth in Bonding.
NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE DUE TO BOND ISSUANCE
The (name of the taxing entity) passage of the proposition means that the tax on a(insert the average value of a residence in the taxing entity rounded to the nearestthousand dollars) residence would increase from $______ to $________, which is$_______ per year.
Passage of the proposition means that the tax on a (insert the value of a business havingthe same value as the average value of a residence in the taxing entity) business wouldincrease from $________ to $_______, which is $______ per year."
HB393 is a good government bill. Most taxpayers probably thought such a requirement already existed. Last year, the Salt Lake County council voted to place an $895 million bond on the November ballot. The proposed ballot language did not indicate the impact of bond approval to property owners. (The county later withdrew the proposed property tax-backed general obligation bond and proposed a 0.25% sales tax increase instead, which voters approved.)
When voting on a proposed bond, taxpayers need to know the cost of proposed bonds to their homes and businesses.
In other news, the 2007 legislative session is now two-thirds over, but most of the work remains to be done. The new revenue projections will probably increase the size of the tax cut.
Disclaimer: Like all legislation, HB393 may eventually be modified, meaning that the above points may no longer be 100% relevant.