House Bill 154

House Bill 154

Phil Haunschild
February 15, 2017

Bill description: This bill would require all relevant bonds be itemized on property tax notices.

Rating: +1

Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? Conversely, does it increase public access to information related to government activity or increase government transparency or accountability? 

Under this legislation, property tax notices would be required to carry a list of all bonds paid upon as well as “the name of the project the bond was passed for, the ending or payoff date of said bond, the levy rate for said bond, and the dollar amount due by the recipient of said tax notice for the calendar year that is being taxed for said bond on said line.” Having all of this information in one place will better enable the taxpayer to understand where their tax-dollars are spent. It will also make the cost of bonds more transparent for taxpayers in districts, cities, counties and the state holding bond elections. (+1)

Update: This bill was amended 2/7 in the House. As such, this analysis has been updated.

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