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Treasurer Chase cares

Re-elect Rob Chase, our Spokane County treasurer, who works hard to keep laws fair for all.

Chase went beyond his normal duties and advocated for legislation that changed state law to allow families behind on property taxes to make partial payments. Until Chase, once the third year of taxes was overdue, even if current taxes were paid, the county had to foreclose.

A few years ago, an elderly couple almost lost their home over $1,200 in overdue taxes. Unable to work after her heart attack, the extra medical costs could not be deducted from income, and they couldn’t pay their taxes that year. The unpaid $1,200, while current that year, meant foreclosure. We had a fundraiser because full payment was the only option to keep them from homelessness. The taxes were paid and they met eligibility for low-income, and are now able to pay reduced taxes.

Chase prevented similar families from facing homelessness, changing the laws to create opportunities to catch up on taxes. Chase is also working to change the interest rate on overdue property taxes so struggling families don’t have an increased burden to meet expenses.

Keep Rob Chase as our county treasurer. It’s more than a job. He cares.

Mary Pollard

Spokane Valley

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