03/07/19 -- HB 220 -- Shifts property tax revenue from windmills to local governments

Bill Number: 
HB 220
Bill Purpose: 
Shifts property tax revenue from windmills to local governments
Date of Vote: 
03/07/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 220, introduced by Representative Allen Andrews (Republican - District 1) simply redirects revenue from property taxes on public utility owned wind farms to the local governments that they reside in.  Currently, such taxes are redistributed elsewhere.  While I strongly oppose property taxes of any kind, as long as we still have them we might as well be fair about how the resulting revenue is distributed.  It seems to me that keeping these taxes local is the proper course of action -- in fact I'd say as a general rule it's usually best to keep tax revenue as close to the point of collection as possible.

This bill passed by a wide margin.