Monday, February 19, 2007

More State Property Tax Talk? fromJohn Morgan


Comptroller John Morgan and Rep. Charles Curtiss, D-Sparta, say the best way to pay for K-12 schools in Tennessee would be to shift the obligation from local governments to the state.

It’s a big change that may not have support in the General Assembly, but Morgan and Curtiss say it wouldn’t require a tax increase and could be accomplished by redirecting some existing property taxes and sales taxes.


Fifteen years later and less than a year after a judge dismissed that suit, the BEP formula has urban counties grumbling louder.

"We ain’t a bit better off than we were 20 years ago," said Curtiss, who is chairman of the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. "We’ve got a system that ain’t working and we just want to tweak it a little."