Understanding the property-tax lid controversy

In the coming days, legislators and lobbyists will do battle at the state Capitol over a “tax-lid” measure that could mean significant changes in property tax bills.

Under a state law passed last year, city and county governments will have to hold a public vote if they want to raise spending by more than an adjusted Consumer Price Index rate to be set by the state.

If voters don’t approve spending increases, cities and counties will have to cut their property tax rates to adjust to the spending level allowed by the state.

Right now, that’s due to start in January 2018, but the governor wants that date moved up to this July.

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