Commissioners cancel CDA Tribe's property taxes

Commissioners cancel CDA Tribe's property taxes

Commissioners cancel CDA Tribe's property taxes

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 3:07 PM

   COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Kootenai County commissioners in northern Idaho have voted to cancel all property taxes on Coeur d'Alene Tribe reservation land for the last four years.


   The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that commissioners said their decision on Friday after meeting with tribe officials was based on their respect for the tribe's sovereignty.


   The move by the commissioners cancels applicable taxes, penalties and interest for reservation property from the last half of 2009 through 2012.


   The tribe estimates that adds up to more than $400,000. County officials didn't have an estimate.


   Commissioners say the taxation of tribal land started in 2006 after a policy shift that saw Idaho counties taxing reservation property for the first time.


   Commissioners say they can cancel the assessed taxes, but state lawmakers make decisions about exempting reservation land from taxes.

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