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Housing market gone bonkers leads to leaps in Spokane County assessments

Leaps in property assessments will lead to higher taxes in some cases, but it’s not an easy calculation.


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


Spokane County property taxes to rise significantly in 2018

Spokane County homeowners will see a substantial increase in their property tax bill this year as a result of a new state school levy.


State property tax hike may have hurt some districts levy chances

Some Western Washington school districts think the state’s increased property tax levy hurt them at the polls.


Operations and security upgrades dominate levy requests for area schools

The ballots already going out to voters are asking Spokane County residents to reduce the property taxes they give for schools. Sort of.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Rep. Giddings receives stay in property tax case for military service

Idaho state Rep. Priscilla Giddings has requested and received a stay until April 1, due to military service, of an Ada County notice ordering her to repay the county about …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Froma Harrop: Tax plan would hurt homeowners everywhere

Property taxes are how cities and towns pay for police, schools and roadwork. Doing away with their deductibility would hurt local governments’ ability to raise revenues to cover such services.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

Chairman: House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction

The chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee said Sunday that he’s confident that chamber won’t go along with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up …


Guest Opinion: Tim Eyman: Don’t get rid of property tax cap

This law has worked for 16 years and because of the safety valve of voter approval, it’s perfectly OK to continue for another 16 years.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Blue states will be hit hardest by GOP tax plan’s limits on deductions

The GOP tax plan’s changes to deductions would hit people in blue states hard, with limits on popular tax deductions that would have the biggest effects on people with high …


Editorial: Tax limit continues to erode services

If you feel these proposed public safety cuts, on top of previous ones, go too far, you should let your elected officials on the county and state level know.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Facing $10 million budget shortfall, Spokane County voters to decide on property tax increase

Spokane County voters will decide in November whether to raise property taxes, a decision that may help fill holes in the county budget or result in a reduction of services.


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

Washington counties, cities could levy higher property taxes under bill approved by House committee

City and county governments would be able to approve larger increases in property taxes without asking voters under a bill approved by the House committee that oversees tax policy.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Washington Senate passes $43 billion budget after midnight on 25-24 vote

The Senate narrowly approved a $43 billion operating budget early Friday that attempts to improve Washington schools and pay for it by raising property taxes in some parts of the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:36 a.m.

Senate Republicans push through massive property tax shift as part of school reform plan

Senate Republicans pushed through a massive shift in property taxes as a way of balancing their two-year, $43 billion spending plan and the school reforms it would contain.


Washington House sends Inslee bill to avert ‘levy cliff’ on school funding

The House follows the Senate and gives overwhelming support to a bill to allow school districts another year of extra property tax authority.


Lift tax cap to maintain vital services

Legislators shouldn’t continue to shackle local governments that are, in many instances, performing state-prescribed duties. It’s time to allow budgeting to reflect reality.


New analysis shows GOP school-funding plan would lower taxes in Spokane, raise them in Seattle

The average homeowner in the Spokane area could see property taxes go down in 2019 under the Senate Republican school plan. But it’s just one of several proposals to improve …


New initiative seeks property tax cut

Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman has filed his latest effort, a measure that seeks a 25 percent property tax cut.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

GOP proposes major changes in the way Washington taxes and spends on public schools

Senate Republicans propose major change in the way, and how much, Washington pays for public schools.


The Washington Legislature: School funding, mental health care top lawmakers’ agenda

Some things to look for after the Washington Legislature opens Monday and embarks on its 2017 session.


Spokane County budget shift won’t affect roads department, officials say

Spokane County officials want to be clear: The roads department isn’t losing any money in 2017.


Voters paved the way for 110 miles – and counting – of city street repairs

While people in many parts of the U.S. are concerned about crumbling streets, voters in the city of Spokane stepped up more than a decade ago and did something about …


Appeals court: Spokane can’t exempt veterans or poor seniors from street tax

The City of Spokane’s attempt not to raise taxes on roughly 4,700 property owners who are elderly and disabled military veterans was shot down by a divided Court of Appeals …


Kootenai County property taxes to increase for 2017

The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners proposes spending about $14 million in the coming fiscal year to expand the county jail, expand vehicle and drivers license services, build shared parking …


State fears city of Spokane exemptions usurp taxing authority

An attorney for the Washington Department of Revenue argued last week the City of Spokane’s ordinance extending a property tax exemption to low-income residents opened the door to “making Swiss …


Otter signs bill to cap homeowner’s exemption

Without comment, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law


Idaho Senate passes bill to limit homeowner’s exemption

Idaho’s long-prized homeowner’s exemption from property tax would lose its inflation index, under legislation that won final passage in the state Senate late Tuesday and now heads to the governor’s …


Technical error blamed for false Spokane County tax notifications

False electronic notifications were sent to roughly 8,000 property owners in Spokane County this week due to a technical error, Treasurer Rob Chase said.