The Treasure Valley is a popular place to live these days, and the pace of new folks moving to the region is driving housing prices to new levels.
At the same time, the need for new or improved schools, sewers, highways, fire departments and other services also grows. Those services are paid for by property taxes, which are on the rise in many parts of the valley. This perfect storm means that many people can’t afford to buy a home — while some homeowners can’t afford their property taxes.
On Idaho Matters, we’re taking a deep dive into property taxes — which is not an easy subject. That’s why we're talking with Alan Dornfest, Property Tax Policy Bureau Chief at the Idaho Tax Commission and Margaret Carmel, a journalist with BoiseDev to help us sift through the ins-and-outs of property taxes.