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Bond hikes only hurt the poor

I run a small business that rents housing to refugees that come to Spokane through World Relief. Our typical rents are 30% below the market rate.

Next February Spokanites will be voting on a $220 million school bond. The cost to homeowners will be $250 per $100,000 of assessed value of your home if this bond passes. Our little business will have a $1,000-a-year increase in property taxes. Guess who is going to pay that increase?

I am probably in the minority that I think only property owners should be allowed to vote on property tax issues. Take a look at who we are helping to assimilate here in Spokane by keeping rents affordable for minimum wage earners. Take a look at the faces of our tenants on our Facebook page, “Ten Talents Ministries LLC,“ and tell them that their rent is going up if this bond goes through.

Art Ellwanger

Spokane


 

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