Montana's C-105 opposed by teachers

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April 23, 2010

HELENA, Montana: C-105, an initiative currently being circulated in the state of Montana that would eliminate real estate or realty transfer tax, has gained a new opponent. On March 28, 2010, 250 Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers delegates, representing members across the state, voted to oppose the initiative effort. The organization represents 18,000 members, comprised of K-12 teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty, public employees, Head Start, and health care employees across Montana. According to the group's president, Eric Feaver, "CI-105 would prohibit a tax that does not exist. It would embed that prohibition in Montana’s state constitution. It is at root an anti-government measure."[1]

The tax, according to Montana law, is implemented when a sale is closed or if property is being transferred, along with other fees. The measure is being circulated by the Montana Association of Realtors and have until June 18, 2010 to submit 48,673 signatures to the Montana Secretary of State in order to be considered for the ballot.

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