With regard to tax expenditures, I think it is important that the legislature review and reconsider the many tax expenditures it has imposed on local governments. Millions of local tax dollars are lost as a result of the huge local property tax breaks private golf courses and public utilities receive. For example, the Oakley Country Club in 2011 paid only $161,000 in taxes on its 88 acres, a subsidy of over $1.5 million compared to the commercial rate if that land was assessed at its market value. The Belmont Country Club with its 134 acres received an even larger subsidy.
I would urge you to join with other legislators to relieve localities of this unnecessary burden these state laws impose on their local tax payers.