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Bill to Wipe out Household Property Tax Defeated

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bill to Wipe out Household Property Tax Defeated

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A measure to wipe out the ad valorem tax on household personal property was defeated Wednesday on a tie vote by the Oklahoma House Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

House Joint Resolution 1001 by State Rep. Gary Bastin probably failed because it did not provide a means of replacing some $24 million in lost state revenue annually.

Bastin, D-Del City, backed the same measure last session. It cleared the committee, but was not brought up in the full House of Representatives.

The resolution, which called for a popular vote on whether to do away with the tax, would have drawn a 95 percent favorable ballot, Bastin said. He said he will offer the proposal as an admendment to the ad valorem tax proposal expected to be introduced as a substitute for the defeated State Question 614.

Rep. Howard Cotner, committee chairman, spoke forcefully against the resolution, calling it a "band-aid, a time bomb waiting to get out, and a bill of goods.

"I don't want to be accused of being unfair, but I want to be reasonable," Cotner said. "If this got to the House floor, there would be a lot of public support for it. Everybody wants a reduction in taxes, but they don't want a reduction in services."

Cotner said he did not consider the resolution a proper solution and he did not consider it the proper time.

Before the vote on final passage, committee members tied, and defeated, a motion to report progress on the resolution. A "report progress" vote in effect buries a bill in committee for the rest of a session.

Reps. Michael Hunter, R-Oklahoma City, and Dwayne Steidley, D-Claremore, both said it was important to keep the bill alive but they would not support it unless an alternative source of revenue for local government was found. …

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