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.