Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nine-Term Senator Geddes Picked to Chair Tax Commission

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Idaho State Senator Robert Geddes (D-Soda Springs) has been tapped to chair the Idaho State Tax Commission.

What are Geddes' credentials to oversee the embattled tax commission? He has a degree in geology and is a nine-term State Senator. He's also a CPA.

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The commission has been under fire of late in the wake of the resignation of Chairman Royce Chigbrow, accused of intervening on behalf of a friend and for clients of his son's accounting firm. Current and former tax commission workers accused Chigbrow and other commissioners of confidential settlements to resolve tax disputes at the public's expense.

Geddes' appointment comes with a significant bump in pay, moving from his $16,000 as a part-time Senator to $95,000 plus benefits for a full-time position on the tax commission.

"I'm pleased to accept this appointment and feel that my background and experience can benefit to ensure that the taxpayers and Tax Commission employees alike will be treated fairly and equitably," said Geddes.

As for who will replace Geddes in the senate, the Republican Legislative Committee for District 31, including Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Teton and Bonneville counties, will nominate three possible successors. Otter will chose Geddes' replacement from among the nominees.

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