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Lawmaker wants voters to decide on reappraisals

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A state lawmaker says he wants voters to decide if they prefer to have their property reappraised for tax purposes every year or every four years.

Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, said Friday he will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment to change the reappraisal of property by counties from every year to every four years.

Historically property was reappraised every four years until the administration of Gov. Bob Riley began to phase in annual reappraisals in 2003, citing state law.

Riley, who will be inaugurated for a second term on Jan. 15, has said he would sign a bill returning the reappraisals to every four years.

Other candidates for governor argued that the annual reappraisals amounted to a property tax increase and that they could be changed to every four years by executive order.

Allen said he wants the Legislature to make the change as an amendment to the Constitution, which would give the voters a say on the issue. He said putting it in the Constitution would stop future governors from returning to annual reappraisals.

"The taxpayers and citizens of this state need to be treated fairly," Allen said.

The Legislature begins the 2007 regular session on March 6. Lawmakers will meet Tuesday in an organizational session to elect leaders and adopt rules, but will not consider legislation .

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