The Senate Ways and Means Committee scheduled another hearing on House Bill (HB) 126 for next Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the North Hearing Room. HB 126 is sponsored by Rep. Derek Merrin and would modify the Board of Revision (BOR) process for property valuation challenges.
The committee was set to vote this week on the bill and an amendment that would eliminate a school board’s ability to file complaints and counter-complaints. However, testimony from school districts and your contacts with senators helped delay that action. We need to continue those contacts.
Please consider testifying on HB 126 on Tuesday! If you are unable to do so, it is crucial that you contact your senators and voice your concerns on the legislation.
In your testimony, be prepared to share how your district approaches valuation challenges, including:
- Type of property your district does and does not challenge;
- Valuation thresholds, if any, by which your district will file a challenge;
- Fee for service or contingency payments for legal services;
- Percentage of local property taxes that comprise your district’s state and local funding source; and
- Any specific examples of cases that would reinforce the issue where a property in your district is undervaluing, the district challenged, and the BOR agreed.
Testimony is due Monday, Nov. 15 at 11:00 a.m., and must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with a witness slip.
Previous eAlerts to members on this bill, which describe the proposal in more detail, can be accessed here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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