CI-121 will put our communities and family farms at risk.
CI-121 is a complicated and confusing proposal that will change Montana’s Constitution. It will treat Montana taxpayers differently depending on where someone lives and will have far-reaching repercussions for Montana communities. Once in the constitution, it will be almost impossible to remove, even when it ends up hurting Montanans.
Local schools, cities, and counties will have little choice but to shift property taxes to small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and other property taxpayers.
89 School Districts
WILL EXPERIENCE CUTS TO FUNDING
$175 M in cuts
TO SCHOOLS, LOCAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS
70% of $1.5M homes
TAXED AT THE HIGHER RATE ARE OWNED BY OUT OF STATERS
don’t sign ci-121
It didn’t work in California, and it’s not right for Montana.
“If passed, CI-121 will drastically change how the state funds education. Currently, 29% of public school funds come from local property tax, 64% from state aid and 7% from federal and other sources. The governor’s Budget and Program Planning analysis of CI-121 predicts an $84 million decrease in school funding in the first three years.”
“You look at the initiative and what it does is shift taxes basically from one taxpayer to another.”
STATE SEN. GREG HERTZ
“Freezing it at 2019 levels does not help Montana citizens that have seen the value of their homes appreciate over the last couple of decades especially in the recreational areas of Montana as it only goes back a couple of years. This will discourage grandparents from downsizing because they will pay more in taxes for new smaller home…By freezing residential property tax, it dries up funding for our schools and communities.”
geyser, MTRead article
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