I went to see Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase three years ago to see if he would take a partial payment on my property taxes because I had gotten behind due to unforeseen circumstances. Chase told me that according to state law he could only accept a full year’s payment with interest and penalties.
He agreed with me the law was a bad one and asked me if I wanted to go to Olympia with him to help change it. I agreed, and we both began fighting a three-year battle to change the law so stressed taxpayers could make partial payments to get caught up. Our efforts paid off and HB 2309 passed unanimously last session.
Next year, Spokane County will be the first county in state history to accept partial payments to fit a taxpayer’s budget.