This just in: “House leadership attacks Proposition 2 1/2; Charlie Murphy, chair of Ways and Means moves to to increase property taxes without local overrides”
According to CLT:
Believe it or not, in this year of voter anger and revolt, the House leadership has just released a proposal to hike property taxes over $500 million, which could be passed during the budget debate next week.
Rep. Charles Murphy, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, has amended the Municipal Relief Bill, [ ]H-4618, to allow an exclusion from the popular property tax limit that was created by voters in 1980…
This proposed W&M change in Prop 2 1/2 would allow all communities to increase the presently allowed levy by the amount in the community’s Overlay (abatement) account.
For example, the money supposedly set aside to pay taxpayers who appeal their property tax assessment to local assessors, though if not used for abatements it can be spent on anything at all. There would be no requirement to ask local voters¡¯ approval of this property tax increase.
The last time this was tried, the Overlay Exclusion would have turned Proposition 2.5 into Proposition 4.2.
The landmark citizen initiative will be 30 years old this year. It’s time to preserve and protect Proposition 2 1/2 one of the few workable limits on free spending politicians. Call your legislator to defeat this measure now!