Johnson County Commission Chair Eilert speaks out against tax lid legislation

A new state law requiring public votes for future property tax increases would severely limit the county’s ability to provide services Johnson Countians want and need, Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Commission, said Tuesday.

In his annual State of the County message, Eilert expressed frustration with state lawmakers and the property tax lid bill, saying county services that the public is happy with — public safety, the library system and parks — could be hampered by the tax lid. The law also could jeopardize the county’s past success in bringing in new business startups, he said.

Eilert urged attendees to call or write lawmakers within the next 24 hours because of the proximity of a Statehouse vote.

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