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Local tax mandate killed by two senators who hear NLC concerns.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) and Ranking Republican Bob Packwood (R-Ore) got the message from cities and towns last week. And they delivered.

They eliminated a nasty, unfunded mandate from the massive urban aid tax bill.

The offending provision would have mandated municipal and other local tax collectors, such as school boards, to make a determination--or obtain a ruling from the IRS--whether a charge on a tax bill was a tax or a fee and to provide written notice not only to every single local property taxpayer, but also to the IRS. This would have imposed an enormous and costly burden on all local governments.

The provision had been included to raise $155 million over the next five years as part of the revenue increases in the overall bill to offset the $31 billion in tax incentives and tax breaks.

Bentsen's office called NLC early Thursday morning to say they had heard the message from hundreds of cities and towns--loud and clear. They agreed with the message and wanted NLC to know.

We do. And we appreciate it.
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Title Annotation:Lloyd Bentsen, Bob Packwood; National League of Cities
Author:Shafroth, Frank
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Aug 17, 1992
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