A request for clarification: this morning I asked whether Governor Rounds's call for tough cuts might not be better tempered by some leadership in calling for new sources of revenue, also known as tax increases.
The front page headline in today's Sioux Falls paper is that Rounds is asking for a property tax increase. But Terry Woster's Q&A says the governor's proposal, to skip the usual bookkeeping reduction in the mill levy, will let local property taxes go up.
I confess my ignorance and seek the wisdom of crowds. Is Governor Rounds really calling for a tax increase? Or is that setting of the mill levy simply a way to leave the door open for local officials to raise taxes? Either way, when our property taxes go up next year, I just want to be ready to blame the right people.
Russ, Gerry, everyone else, your explanations are welcome!
And three cheers for Gerry—Representative Lange, that is. That dogged District 8 Democrat called in to SDPB this noon to beat the drum for one obvious way to pay the bills: a corporate income tax! Go get 'em Gerry!
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