BOISE -- House Speaker Scott Bedke cast doubt on whether either of two plans to repeal Idaho's personal property tax will succeed this session.
At a meeting Tuesday, Bedke told reporters he believes the competing efforts, one to repeal nearly all of Idaho's tax on business equipment, one just a portion of it, may be best to find a "neutral corner."
The Association of Idaho Counties' favors a $20 million repeal; the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry would eliminate $120 million of the $141 million annual tax by 2020.
Bedke wants more consensus, rather than asking the Legislature to referee a dispute.
While Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter favors industry's plan, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said Otter hasn't threatened to delay the 2013 session's end, if it doesn't succeed.