Rep. Graves proposes legislation giving local governments more local control

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State Rep. Joseph Graves has sponsored legislation to give local governments the authority to decide the best method of assessing property taxes relating to police and fire protection.

Under current law, townships may implement a special assessment to provide funding for local police and fire protection, but assessments can only be based on the value of a resident’s land.

House Bill 4147 gives township boards the flexibility to choose a suitable tax system to pay for police and fire protection that works best for their own community.  The townships could determine assessments on a per-parcel basis, on the taxable value of the lands and premises, or on another basis determined by the township board.

“This bill provides our local townships with more control to implement what is best for each individual community,” said Rep. Graves, R-Argentine.  “It’s a matter of choice for communities- not every community is the same and this bill gives municipalities around the state the power to decide what will work best for them.”

HB 4147 has been referred to the House Tax Policy Committee for consideration.