Dank, R-Oklahoma City, said today House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, should “step up on this vital issue or step down and let someone else lead the House” in enacting it.
“I was frankly astonished by the speaker’s recent statements in opposition to these simple and fair reforms,” said Dank, who has authored measures that would cap annual property tax increases at 3 percent and freeze those taxes for seniors over 65.
“Not only are his statements out of touch with the core Republican principle of limited government we were sent here to espouse, they are factually incorrect,” Dank said.
He said his property tax reforms would result in no revenue reductions to schools or counties, and would have no effect on the state budget.
Benge told the Tulsa World that now is not the time to further limit increases in property valuations.
“I just don’t think that the timing is good to reduce revenue,” Benge said.
Dank said Benge “needs to step up on this vital issue” by allowing the House to vote on it “or step down and let someone else lead the House to make it happen.”
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau