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Fake headlines mislead those who do not pay attention or understand the issues as apparent by the recent letters to the editor. Case in point, the Aug. 22 Tribune…I mean the Free Press headline declaring “MVSD board votes to return more than $400k to patrons.”

Let me attempt to clear things up; it is impossible to return something that you have not yet collected. We are talking about the 2019 tax year. School District 244 patrons are not going to have anything returned to them. What the district voted to do is what Idaho County just did with regards to the 2019 IC Road & Bridge levy. The school is authorized to levy $3 million; however, they voted to only levy $2.6 million next year. Idaho County Commission zeroed out the $648,000 Road &Bridge levy. That’s right, county road and bridge patrons will pay $0 for that levy next year. The headline should have been “MVSD board votes to not take the full levy amount” or “MVSD board votes to lower the levy.”

When a governing board opts not to tax the full amount, it is great. However, in no way should that be considered returning taxes. And where is fair and balanced reporting these days? The Free Press headlines on the county budget was “County’s $22 million budget proposal sees potential tax rate rise …”. In one case, the paper suggests there is going to be a return of taxes and the other is a potential tax rise. And to suggest that taxpayers are going to get a check in the mail! Well, what does President Trump call that kind of media reporting?

Skip Brandt

Idaho County Commissioner

Kooskia



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