MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of HB 445 – Property Tax – Constant Yield Tax Rate – Notice Requirements. By updating the antiquated, inefficient, and confusing constant yield tax law, this bill would provide shared constituents with a more efficient, accurate, and transparent overview of local policy decisions and deliberations.
From the MACo testimony:
Under current law, local governments must advertise and hold public hearings on proposals to enact a tax rate that exceeds the constant yield rate – even if the actual rate remains unchanged. Because statute requires the advertisement to include “Notice of Tax Increase,” constituents often do not understand that a county has simply adopted the same tax rate that had been in effect and that the notice is solely a function of a statutory requirement.
While HB 445 keeps the advertisement requirements in place, the bill replaces misleading and deceiving language with a more accurate description of local fiscal considerations. This will make the notice easier to understand, thereby improving government transparency and accountability.
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