Blackfoot man appointed to state tax group

Blackfoot resident Dennis Lake, the former chairman of the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation committee, has been appointed to serve as chairman of an 8-person group started by Governor Butch Otter to study ways to improve the Idaho Tax Commission.
Lake was born in Rigby and was a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2003 representing District 28 in Seat A. He served consecutively in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002 when the seat was in District 31.
"Even the most successful of organizations don't rest on her laurels. They regularly review their organization and processes for ways to do things better," Otter said. "I have a lot of confidence in our four Tax Commission members but there's always room for improvement, especially where public confidence is involved."
The commission will review how the tax commission's rule-making process can be improved and whether its operations would benefit from restructuring.
In addition to Lake, the working group will include Dolores Crow, also a former House Revenue and Taxation chairman, Tax Commission chairman Rich Jackson, Tax Commissioner David Langhorst, Alex La Beau, president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, Ben Davenport, president of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho; Dan John, retired tax policy supervisor for the Tax Commission and Tom Wilford, former CEO of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.
Otter has asked that the group compete its review and recommendations in the next six to eight months.