House GOP pissing in Kasich’s toolbox

In exchange for cutting local government funding in half, Governor Kasich has emphasized how he is giving local officials “tools” to make up for the loss of funds. One way that he sold his proposal to privatize state prisons was to tell local officials that the new private owners of prisons would pay property taxes, adding to the local tax base. We posted about this the other day.

Well, so much for that. According to Laura Bischoff in the Dayton Daily News, the latest set of GOP amendments to the budget takes away this gift by exempting private prison operators from paying local property taxes:

The committee included an amendment that private owners of prisons won’t pay property taxes on the facilities if the state is contracting with them for services. [...]

To sell the [privatization] idea, Kasich has said the privately owned buildings would be subject to local property taxes. The amendment strips that benefit to local communities.

No word yet on whether they exempt local sheriffs from having to respond to incidents at prisons now that they are no longer state property and the jurisdiction of the Highway Patrol. This proposal may now end up costing counties money rather than helping them.

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  1. Wasn’t this private prison idea a disaster in PA where some juvenile court judge was actually colluding with the owner of a privately run detention center to send more kids there? He was giving kids unusually harsh sentences for minor offenses in order to boost the enrollment at the local juvenile detention center so that the owner could make more money. He of course got a kickback for that. I could see this happening here with the adults at these privately owned state prisons!

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