Gov. Little appoints Paul Woods to State Tax Commission

Tuesday July 18, 2023

Boise, ID – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Paul Woods to the Idaho State Tax Commission.

Woods replaces Tom Katsilometes, who is retiring after more than 40 years of dedicated public service.

Katsilometes, a Pocatello native, has served on the Idaho State Tax Commission for 18 years. His tenure has focused on overseeing property and product tax issues and relationships with legislators and government entities. He was a Bannock County Commissioner for nearly two decades.

"With the passage of meaningful property tax relief legislation this year, it is the perfect time to retire from the commission and leave on a high note," Katsilometes said. "Working under four governors and their staff and with legislators and lobbyists has been an honor. I've also been fortunate to work with the State of Idaho's very best employees at the State Tax Commission."

"Tom is a true public servant who has dedicated his life to helping the people of Idaho," Governor Little said. "While he will be greatly missed, his retirement is well deserved. I thank him and his wife, Bessie, for their significant contributions to our state and wish them a wonderful retirement."

Woods has over three decades of experience in administration and financial management for public and private organizations. He formerly served as Ada County and the Ada County Highway District commissioner. Woods is an engineer with extensive experience in civil and environmental engineering projects nationwide. He has served on the board of directors for several community and government organizations, including the United Way of the Treasure Valley, Idaho Non-Profit Center, and the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District. Woods formerly worked for the City of Boise as a manager in the environmental division and on foothills and open space issues. He is the founder and managing partner of Magic Valley Bioenergy, LLC, which operates a dairy digester facility that produces renewable energy. Woods received his bachelors in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin and Master's in Public Administration from Boise State University.

"I'm honored by Governor Little's appointment and look forward to serving with other commissioners in making sure the Tax Commission provides quality service to the citizens of Idaho," Woods said. "Together, we will continue to ensure a fair and accountable taxing system for Idaho businesses and residents."

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