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BOISE -- Machinery and other equipment that's bolted down could soon be subject to real estate taxes, under legislation making its way through the Idaho House that seeks to intervene in the debate over repealing personal property taxes.

Items like ventilation systems, plumbing and machinery wouldn't be eligible for proposed personal property tax breaks, under the measure introduced in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee Monday.

Former Republican Rep. Dennis Lake said his bill includes permanent additions, called fixtures.

Lake said he aims to help legislators solve the conundrum of personal property tax repeal.

Gov. C.L. Butch Otter has made the repeal a top priority for the 2013 Legislature.

No bill has been introduced, but Otter's draft proposal has received praise from industry -- and criticism from counties and school districts.

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