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Unfair property tax policy

County Treasurer Rob Chase unfairly targets taxpaying homeowners. Property taxes are payable every 6 months, the first half by 4/30/18 and the second by 10/31/2018.

Mr. Chase chooses to send us one mailing, leaving it to the taxpayer to remember 6 months later that the second half is due. If we forget or send the second payment late, he assesses a penalty. Other jurisdictions are courteous, believe in good customer service, and send tax statements every 6 months, so the burden is not on the taxpayer to remember.

If you pay your property tax (which can be thousands of dollars for a year) by credit card, his office has chosen to use a service that charges the homeowner/taxpayer approximately 0.028, or about $28 for every $1,000 you charge. I know of no one in Spokane who charges taxpaying citizens that much for the privilege of paying their tax by credit card. There is a $2.40 charge if paying by check.

Since Rob Chase is not running for county treasurer again, I hope the candidates will consider this information carefully and treat taxpaying citizens more fairly.

Sharon Welter

Spokane


 

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