|Committee Seeks Overhaul of Tax System|
Committee seeks overhaul of tax system
Any change may present new challenges, Rep. Phil Wise, D-Keokuk, said Monday, but the five Democrats and four Republicans on the House panel believe potential benefits outweigh maintaining the current system that provides much of the funding for cities, counties and schools.
“We have come to the conclusion that the status quo is more damaging than passing any of those pitfalls” that might be associated with change, Wise said.
Senate Minority Leader Mary Lundby, R- Marion, agrees, but is skeptical.
“I think property taxes is a subject where we have looked at it and looked at it and looked at it and it is now so complicated that I cannot see any working group being able to solve it this year,” Lundby said.
Wise hopes to see tax relief legislation approved in the House and sent to the Senate for consideration this year.
Among the subcommittee members is Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids.
Rod Boshart of The Gazette contributed to this story
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