OLYMPIA — The House approved a bill that gives local governments more authority to impose a one-tenth of a cent local sales taxes through 2014, primarily for public safety concerns, without submitting them to a public vote.
It also allows counties to levy a utility tax, cities to impose a utilty tax on water sewer districts, allows a real-estate excise tax to be collected for parks.
In revising the bill, however, the House used some of the language first proposed by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, that restricts local hotel-motel taxes to be used for tourism projects and not siphoned off for general government purposes.
(Spin Control Fact Check note: The earlier versions of this post refered to the language from Parker as an amendment. It was actually part of the “striker” which is used for a more general revision, than an amendment, which goes to a specific part.)
“I was thrilled” that the bill included that language, Parker said. Not so thrilled that he voted for the bill itself when it came up for a vote later, mind you.
“The bill was a massive tax increase,” Parker said. “The amendment made a bad bill a little bit better.”
It passed 51-47 and heads for the Senate. For the roll call of the bill on final passage, go inside the blog.
|Local excise tax provisions|
|House vote on Final Passage|
|Yeas: 51 Nays: 47 Absent: 0 Excused: 0|