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Idaho’s Tax Overhaul

In August 2006, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch was midway through his seven-month stint as Idaho’s governor when he brokered a deal to slash Idaho property taxes. Risch’s eliminated $260 million in public school property tax levies and uses a $210 million sales tax increase to make up most of the difference. The legislative action took place during a special one-day legislative session on Aug. 25, 2006.  Journalist Kevin Richert analyzed what happened over the past decade, in terms of property taxes, property values and student attendance. This is a look back at the politics that changed the way Idaho pays for its schools.

Tax shift of 2006 adds up to tax increase

What the 2006 overhaul did to taxes in your school district

The 2006 tax shift still divides Idaho leaders

Who supported House Bill 1, and who didn’t?

Taking a deep dive into the 2006 tax shift