Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine’s plan to help local governments reduce taxes on owner-occupied homes received a mostly favorable response Monday night in a town hall-style meeting at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

But some of the questions the Democratic gubernatorial candidate fielded about his proposal contained hints of skepticism, as audience members wondered whether an effort to reduce the locally imposed real estate tax would merely cause local governments to increase other taxes.

Gee, isn’t it amazing how smart voters can be! While I like any plan that gives localities more control over their own destinies, probably the second best thing you can say about Kaine’s real estate tax proposal is that, fortunately, Kilgore has one, too. Let’s hope they cancel each other out.