Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Property Tax Code. Prohibits township assessors, multi-township assessors, and supervisors of assessments and their deputies and employees from having an interest, directly or indirectly, in any business concern that provides assistance to any taxpayer to challenge the assessment or valuation of any real property that is located in the county in which the assessor or supervisor of assessments serves in his or her office. Provides that a violation of this prohibition is a petty offense and violators may not serve as an assessor, supervisor of assessments, or deputy or employee of an assessor or supervisor of assessments.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as introduced with the following changes: Provides that the assessor, deputy, or employee may not have a direct interest (instead of direct or indirect interest) in any business concern that provides assistance to any taxpayer to challenge the assessment or valuation of any real property that is located in the county in which the assessor serves in his or her office. Increases the criminal penalty from a petty offense with a fine not less than $501 and not more than $1,000 to a business offense with a fine of not less than $1,001 and not more than $2,000. Provides that, if a person is convicted of such an offense, then the court must enter an order removing that person from office or employment (now, if convicted, the person may not serve).