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Senator Davis submits legislation for tax reform

Article from The Eastern Gazette, Vol. 152, No. 46, November 13, 2004

AUGUSTA - Senator Paul Davis, Sr. (R-Sangerville) officially introduced legislation last week to provide property tax relief for Maine citizens and to make increases in state spending more difficult.

The first proposal is to establish a "Base Property Value " using the most recent sale price. Increases in assessed value would be tied to the Consumer Price Index. When property is transferred, the new taxes could be based upon the "Fair Market Value" at the time of the transfer. Senator Davis is hoping that the recent attention on the property tax cap will convince other legislators and the Governor that action needs to be taken sooner rather than later. "This is part of a proposal offered by Republicans in the House and Senate during the 121st Legislature," according to Senator Davis, "but it does not need to be a Republican or Democrat proposal. I would love to have it supported by legislators from both parties. "

Davis, a long time advocate for limiting the ability of state government to increase taxes is also proposing a constitutional amendment that would require a 2/3 vote of the Legislature for any tax increase. Davis believes that convincing legislators to give up some of their ability to raise taxes will be difficult, but sees the effort as worthwhile.

Senator Davis was recently elected to fourth term is the Maine Senate.

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