Tara Barling

State Representative Legislative District 13 Seat B

Biography & Background

I am a pro-life, life begins at conception mother of seven, a homemaker, and very active in the community. I serve as a director on the Concerned Citizens of Canyon County Committee. We have been working diligently to alleviate the burden placed on taxpayers.

During the past seven years, the property tax burden has shifted to homeowners and away from agriculture and commercial. In 2015, commercial carried 32% of the burden and homeowners carried 68%. That year, the legislature put a cap on the homeowners exemption which froze their exemption statewide at $100,000 but did not cap commercial. This caused the commercial property tax burden to decline and homeowners’ burden to increase. Today, commercial only pays 24% of the property tax and homeowners pay 76%. Although our committee proposed a bill in 2020 that would have corrected this, and which also had 40 legislative sponsors, the leadership of the legislature would not give it a hearing. This needs to be corrected.

Every two years, our schools have to run elections for levies to provide funds for maintenance and operation. That increased property tax by $13 million this year in Canyon County. Last year saw an increase of $18 million. Increases are also caused by the legislature. In 2006, the legislature held a summer session to remove school costs from property tax and raised sales tax from 5% to 6% to cover this cost, but in 2007 the extra 1% increase was sent to the general fund and never paid the cost of maintenance and operations. You are now paying double the cost through sales and property taxes.

I have been working with the people of District 13 from the outside and look forward to directly addressing the issues we face from the inside. I appreciate your support as we apply conservative principles for a strong Idaho.

Top 3 Issues:

1. Lower taxes. Repeal the grocery tax. Reduce the property tax burden for all Idahoans through responsible tax policy and reduced spending.
2. Second Amendment shall not be infringed. I DO support strengthening Idaho’s firearm preemption laws. I do NOT support banning the possession, ownership, purchase, sale, and/or transfer of “higher” capacity ammunition magazines. I do NOT support restrictions on the purchase and possession of ammunition. I do NOT support ANY kind of Red Flag Laws whatsoever. I will aggressively fight to protect our God given Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
3. I am for our Republic. I am for our Judeo-Christian heritage. God needs to be brought back into the public schools, and in the town square. We need His guidance now more than ever.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”

Article 1 section 1 C, I am opposed to a Convention of States being a mechanism to a balanced budget amendment.
Article III Section 1, I do not believe in early education from any sort of government program whatsoever. The best place for early education for a child is with his or her parents and or family. Never the people in government.

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