ACTION ALERT: CALL HOUSE MEMBERS TODAY
The Oklahoma House will hear HB 1374 on Monday. The bill allows cities and towns to access ad valorem–or property–taxes to fund public safety districts. Property taxes are used to fund core infrastructure, NOT to fund municipalities. Oklahoma Farm Bureau has longstanding policy to keep property taxes low in Oklahoma. Use the link below TODAY to urge your state representative to vote NO on HB 1374.
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MEET THE LEGISLATOR: SEN. ROGER THOMPSON
BILLS WE’RE WATCHING
HB 1374 by Rep. Weldon Watson: Allows municipalities to use ad valorem taxes to fund Public Safety Protection Districts.
HB 1388 by Rep. John Pfeiffer: Modifies date of operation provisions for determining timeliness for a nuisance action to be brought against agricultural activities on farm or ranch land.
HB 2301 by Speaker Charles McCall: Exempts from income tax compensation directly related to the practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine by a qualifying doctor in a rural area of Oklahoma.
SB 170 by Sen. Roger Thompson and Sen. Earl Sears: Renders actions taken by the Board of Equalization concerning the 4.85% top marginal rate void. Redefines “rate reduction” and establishes new rules for estimating revenue growth and rate reduction implementation.
SB 345 by Sen. David Holt: Allows municipalities to create protection districts which may levy assessments on property to support the district to assist with public safety expenses.