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  • 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 …


  • Kootenai County property values continue slide

    Kootenai County property values continued a four-year slide in 2011, with the total assessed value dropping almost $900 million, or 7 percent, from the 2010 level.


  • Spokane parks upgrades include new cost

    It seemed like a monumental task. But Spokane park leaders have built everything they promised and more with the $43 million park bond voters approved less than four years ago. …


  • Voters approving property tax hikes to help schools

    BOISE – Idahoans are voting to raise their own property taxes in the wake of a third straight year of cuts in school funding approved by state lawmakers. In elections …


  • Idaho voters raise taxes for schools after lawmakers wouldn’t

    Idahoans around the state are voting to raise their own property taxes in the wake of a third straight year of cuts in school funding approved by state lawmakers.


  • City may tap ‘Photo Red’ money for general fund

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner gave a preview Wednesday of a 2012 budget she says would be painless for residents who obey the law. Verner proposed to close a tentative $6.6 …


  • Editorial: Lowering debt limit strengthens state budget

    As legislators in Olympia pore over the operating budget for major cuts, there is one growing expenditure that makes their job tougher: debt service for state capital projects. While the …


  • Audit of Spokane County assessor’s office finds late appraisals

    The Spokane County assessor’s office undervalued scores of properties for years, according to a state audit for 2008 and 2009. The report released Monday says new construction on 157 properties …


  • State auditor criticizes Spokane County Assessor’s Office

    New construction overlooked, coding errors missed


  • Council approves tab tax

    The Spokane City Council on Monday approved one new tax and delayed a decision on another. The council voted 4-3 for a $20-a-year tax on vehicles registered in Spokane, capping …


  • Verner urges council to reject library-only tax

    A proposal to ask voters for a library tax appears unlikely to make the ballot after Mayor Mary Verner and her staff urged council members last week to consider a …


  • A boost for books

    Hoping to head off a new round of library closure talks or further cuts to branch hours, the Spokane Public Library is asking city leaders to sponsor a property tax …


  • Property tax hike proposed to fund city libraries

    Hoping to head off a new round of library closure talks or further cuts to branch hours, the Spokane Public Library is asking city leaders to sponsor a property tax …


  • County receives conservation list

    Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program may get a new, narrower target for acquiring public open-space land.


  • Spokane Valley City Council discusses vehicle taxes

    The merits of forming a regional Transportation Benefit District to raise revenue for road construction received nearly an hour of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but the …


  • Hart’s tax woes add up to $700K

    Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s tax problems appear to be worse than previously disclosed. When federal tax liens filed against Hart’s various business entities are combined with the hundreds of …


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