BOISE (AP) — The House Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously passed a bill that would forbid counties from taxing tribal government land on the state’s reservations.
Monday’s vote sends the measure to the House floor.
Helo Hancock, the lobbyist for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in northern Idaho, says the issue first arose in 2006.
That’s when Idaho tribes received a “flurry of assessments” on land that had once been homesteaded, but later re-acquired by tribal governments.
The total at stake is about $303,000 in assessments annually, for all five Idaho tribes.