Visualizing The Winners And Losers In Idaho’s Business Tax Debate

Like many states, Idaho taxes equipment used by businesses. But the state doesn’t just tax heavy equipment, decor is included. In some cases, so is carpeting, paint, or artwork. It’s called the personal property tax.

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Leading lawmakers here want to nix the tax, so does Idaho’s business lobby. If the tax goes, so does about $140 million in annual local government revenue. To better tell the story, and show in a visual way how counties might be impacted, I mapped it.

The map lets readers click on each county to see how much that county could lose if the personal property tax is repealed. It also shows the top five business property tax payers in each county, those are the businesses with the most to gain if the tax is repealed.

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