City leaders want tax lid pulled back

…there’s no issue to get small town managers and mayors roiled like the state’s cap on local government property taxes, which passed in the final days of the lawmakers’ marathon 113-day 2015 session.

Basically, lawmakers limited the amount of property taxes counties and cities can increase to the CPI, or consumer price index, which is now at low single digits.

There’s an out: a special election can be held, but the way the council calendars work, that makes it nearly impossible — and expensive — to implement, say local officials.

They get their valuations in by July 1, but must have the budget to the county clerk by Aug. 25.

More than anything, it’s micro-managing cities, say mayors such as Valley Center’s Laurie Dove.

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