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Assessed value and your tax bill: Government spending has greatest impact on how much you pay

Property taxes and the tortured terminology surrounding them leave many homeowners confused. In the end, though, it’s pretty simple.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Washington Senate Democrats try to push through property tax break for 2019

Senate Democrats propose a property tax break for 2019 that Republicans say is too small and unconstitutional.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Property tax break, capital gains in Democrats’ budget

House Democrats propose budget with property tax break and capital gains tax.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Senate budget has tax break, money for schools

Senate Democrats propose a budget with more money for schools, tax break for property owners


State looking at $1.3 billion extra from strong economy

Boosted by a strong economy, Washington can expect an extra $1.3 billion in tax revenues over the next three years, legislators were told Thursday. Some could go back to taxpayers, …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Both sides in Senate look for property tax relief in last 3 weeks

Senate Republicans say extra money in the state coffers should mean property tax relief. Democrats say they’ll get a chance to vote on to vote on some type of relief …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Supreme Court rejects city’s tax exemptions for 2014 street tax

City of Spokane loses its fight to offer a special exemption to seniors and the disabled on property taxes to fix the streets.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Spokane County Commission reverses course on property tax vote

Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on …


Oregon jail holding immigrants sued by property taxpayers

A jail in north-central Oregon has been sued by four people who contend the facility is violating state law by holding immigrants who are awaiting status hearings or deportation.


Padden: Counties’ campaign is about taxes, not public safety

Amidst a wide-ranging debate about property taxes for schools, county officials and their lobbying organizations are mounting an effort that would allow them to raise taxes without voter approval under …


Court to decide whether city can exempt some residents from 2014 tax levy

The Washington Supreme Court will decide whether City of Spokane had the authority to exempt seniors and disabled veterans from the 2014 property tax increase to help repair streets.


Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case

One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 7:23 a.m.

Voters approve tax boost to fund fire services in southwestern Spokane County

Voters in Spokane County’s largest fire district approved a property tax increase that officials say will be used to replace aging trucks and equipment and respond to increasing call volumes.


Spokane libraries merit continued voter support

The levy has allowed Spokane libraries to adapt to the information needs of a modern society and forestall painful cuts in services and hours.


Tim Eyman: Voters want the property tax limit

Property taxes don’t increase as fast as they used to. Most people think that’s a good thing. But a lot of powerful governments, lobbyists and special interest groups think it’s …


Eye on Boise: Idaho county assessors stunned by House panel vote

BOISE – County assessors, in town for an Idaho Association of Counties meeting, were stunned to hear the House tax committee vote to remove the annual indexing of the homeowner’s …


Spokane Valley City Council votes to keep property tax the same

Spokane Valley City Council member Ed Pace tries to get city to lower property tax.


Street levy surprises city, some residents with higher tax bills

Chuck Moffitt’s house is one large cabinet of curiosities. With his long hair, big beard and tiny parrot on his shoulder, Moffitt, 68, fits in next to the handmade dragon …


Noxious Weed Board proposes countywide assessment fee

Leafy spurge and common bugloss may have funny-sounding names, but to many in Spokane County they are no laughing matter. They are among dozens of noxious weeds that must be …


Spokane Valley 2014 budget ready for vote

The city of Spokane Valley’s 2014 budget moved one step closer to final approval Tuesday as City Council members unanimously approved sending it to a final vote on Oct. 22. …


Utility tax, land top budget issues for Liberty Lake Council

As Liberty Lake puts together its 2014 budget, city officials must make two big decisions: whether to continue a 3 percent utility tax and what to do with vacant land …


Proposed tax increase for Fairchild smaller than expected

Spokane County officials on Tuesday lowered the estimated tax rate on a ballot measure to pay for removal of low-income residences beneath the runway approach to Fairchild Air Force Base.


Idaho tribes propose tax law clarification

Tribe-owned lands on Idaho Indian reservations haven’t been charged property taxes by surrounding counties since statehood; the Idaho Constitution prohibits it. But in 2006, an array of counties in Idaho …


Voters likely to get library plea

There could be something for almost everyone on a special election ballot in February. Originally wary of spending the money to hold a special election, the Spokane City Council on …


County budget raises taxes, CEO pay

Spokane County commissioners are planning to cut services and raise property taxes for 2013 at the same time they are handing their top administrator a $33,800-a-year pay increase. CEO Marshall …


Library tax could be on ballot

Spokane voters in February may get a chance to save the city’s small library branches and substantially increase branch hours. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is proposing that voters …


Valley City Council rejects raising property tax

The Spokane Valley City Council rehashed some old budget arguments and brought up some new ones during their Tuesday meeting. Key among them was the continued debate on whether the …


City rejects proposed property tax increase

After weeks of the discussion, the Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to kill a proposed 1 percent property tax increase for 2013. The decision will save residential taxpayers about …


Spokane Valley City Council postpones decision on property taxes

The Spokane Valley City Council had a lengthy debate over whether it should raise property taxes by the allowed 1 percent in 2013, with some council members adamantly against it …


County to decide on property tax hike

County commissioners considered a tax increase Tuesday and adopted an interim zoning ordinance they hope will lure a Boeing manufacturing plant. The zoning ordinance would raise the height limit in …