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# In a seven to four vote last week, Crane County officials

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In a seven to four vote last week, Crane County officials decided to raise property taxes when it might have been expected for it to be reduced.
A. it might have been expected for it to be reduced
B. they might have been expected to have reduced them
C. they might have been expected that it should be reduced
D. its reducing might have been expected
E. there might have been an expectation for them to be reduced
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16 Jul 2013, 22:32
In a seven to four vote last week, Crane County officials decided to raise property taxes when it might have been expected for it to be reduced.

Subject: officials are plural
So options A and D out.

A. it might have been expected for it to be reduced
B. they might have been expected to have reduced them
C. they might have been expected that it should be reduced *** it doesn't have any referent****
D. its reducing might have been expected
E. there might have been an expectation for them to be reduced *** there has no referent noun*** illogicall to use here.
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In a seven to four vote last week, Crane County officials decided to raise property taxes when it might have been expected for it to be reduced.

A. (County officials) it might have been expected for it(property taxes) to be reduced
B. (County officials)they might have been expected to have reduced them(property taxes)
C. (County officials)they might have been expected that it(property taxes) should be reduced
D. its(property taxes) reducing might have been expected
E. there might have been an expectation for them to be reduced <== this is unidiomatic

But IMHO even B does not make sense. You cannot say something like
"officials decided to raise property taxes" - an action that happened, so the taxes are higher-
when
"they might have been expected to have reduced them" - if you use present perfect you are saying that this action (expect/reduce) is still going on in the present somehow: even though the taxes are higher they still expect them to be lower (does not make a lot of sense).
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17 Jul 2013, 05:46
Option B is awkward.

It says that (County officials)they might have been expected to have reduced them(property taxes). How can "someone might have been expected..."? IMO, it should be "it might have been expected of someone..."

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