Letters to the Editor: Salmon and Rainbow Trout, Property Taxes, Money Orders, Nunes and GOP
Salmon and rainbow trout
I am a junior at Boise High and am a member of the Youth Salmon Protectors. I care about wild salmon and rainbow trout because the rivers that bring abundance to my home country depend on them. The outdoors is what makes Idaho great. I grew up swimming, rafting, and fishing, and I can’t imagine generations after me couldn’t do the same. Without salmon and rainbow trout, 137 other animal species are doomed. Failure to act now to save our wild rivers means failing the youth of today and generations of Idahoans to come. The science is clear: The four dams on the Lower Snake River are responsible for the decline of our key fish. Right now, we may have the last chance to save these animals, and we must seize it. Not only does Representative Mike Simpson’s plan ensure the protection of key Idaho species, it also ensures tribal justice, eco-tourism, cleaner renewable energy and more. I urge readers to call Senator Mike Crapo and ask him to help secure funding for the Columbia Basin Initiative.
Trinity Compton, garden city
After 22 years as President of the Taxpayers Associate of Idaho (Retired), here is my attempt to simplify the impact of taxing district budgets (Step 1) on your property taxes (Step 2).
Stage 1, Taxation of Districts: Schools (mostly state funded) remain prominent, followed by counties, cities and many more. Districts follow a legal process to set a tax rate (C). Each neighborhood has a total amount of taxable property value (A), some include yours. They complete a statutory authorized budget (B). The amount of the property tax budget (B) divided by the estimated taxable value of the district (A) is equal to its tax rate (C). Thus, B / A = C.
Step 2, Property taxpayer: The sum of your district tax levy rates gives your total rate (C). Your total rate multiplied by your taxable property value (A) gives your property tax (B). Thus, C x A = B. Example: A home’s 2021 (C) tax district total was 0.010929350 (the largest being Boise City, Boise School District, and Ada County). The assessed value of the cottage (A) was $ 291,000. The product of C times A was the property tax (B), $ 3,180.48.
Hope this simplifies the process. The greatest complexity is found in step 1 and its applicable laws / rules.
Randy Nelson, Boise
Oh my good boost, heavens. Governor Brad Little is now doing all he can to prevent, stop, block and destroy a vaccination mandate for large Idaho companies. “Vote for me” is its motive. Facts, statistics and science are taken into account and weighed in the scales. To hell. The Republican Party is quickly plunging into ignorance, lies and willful denial. At the end of the day, Governor Little, how do you face yourself in the mirror?
Jeanie Lynn, Boise
Jonathan Bernstein’s December 16 editorial regarding the retirement of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes to work for Trump says a lot about Congress – but not what Republicans want to hear.
As reported by The Guardian, Nunes was “Trump’s last yes”, a lickspittle who, according to The Guardian, “went out of their way … to clear Trump of the Russian collusion charges.”
Nunes personified how far the Republican Party has fallen. Lincoln and Eisenhower’s party has become nothing more than an echo chamber for the lies emanating from the right-wing media. Whether uninterested or unable to govern, Republicans spend their time dividing (when they don’t give the rich more tax cuts). Topics like abortion and critical race theory are just two of the many distractions that Republicans cannot rule.
Most disturbing is the way Russia has manipulated and manipulated the conservative movement, from the far-right QAnon plot to the election of radical conservatives. How ironic that the movement that fought against communism has now been taken over by him.
Gary L. Bennett, Boise
Members of the Republican House Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Greene and Paul Gosar do not deserve to be taken seriously as lawmakers. They are artists or artists who are inspired by the former president. Their goal is to incite and divide, not to function as leaders working to make the country a better place. Those who elected them are pawns in the service of the worst instincts of Republican leaders
Charles B. McConnell, Boise