Stories tagged: property tax
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 …
Mon., July 24, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
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.
Sun., June 4, 2017
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 …
Thu., May 18, 2017, 6 p.m.
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.
Sun., April 30, 2017
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.
Wed., March 29, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
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.
Sat., March 25, 2017
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 …
Sun., Feb. 7, 2016, 5 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Oct. 15, 2015
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.
Sat., Feb. 21, 2015
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 …
Fri., March 14, 2014
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 …
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
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. …
Thu., July 25, 2013
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 …
Tue., July 23, 2013, 7:09 p.m.
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.
Mon., Feb. 11, 2013, 9:39 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Dec. 15, 2012
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 …
Thu., Dec. 6, 2012
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 …
Sun., Dec. 2, 2012
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 …
Sat., Oct. 13, 2012
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 …
Thu., Sept. 27, 2012
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 …
Sat., Sept. 8, 2012
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 …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
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 …
Tue., May 31, 2011, 6:37 p.m.
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.
Sun., May 29, 2011
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. …
Sat., May 21, 2011
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 …
Fri., May 20, 2011, 1:54 p.m.
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.
Wed., May 11, 2011, 8:33 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 27, 2011
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 …
Tue., April 26, 2011
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 …