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 This mountain town with origins as a prospectors' camp is a bit short on its namesake riches these days. Read more

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 Normandy Park City Manager, Doug Schulze, warned that the Levy Lid Lift, a property tax increase, must pass in the upcoming election to head off deficits or the city may go out of business within a few years. Read more

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 After weeks of the discussion, the Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to kill a proposed 1 percent property tax increase for 2013. The decision will save residential taxpayers about 76 cents per year. Read more

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 Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew says he made a one-time “rookie blunder” by telling a few managers in his office last Feb. 9 why it was important to support fellow Democrat Sandra Romero’s re-election as a county commissioner. In email sent early Monday morning to The Olympian, Drew apologized for his mistake, which might have violated the state law against using state facilities or resources to campaign. Read more

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 Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew put out a formal statement early today in response to a formal complaint that he illegally urged top staffers to donate to a county commissioner’s re-election campaign while in a government meeting Feb. 9 in his agency’s offices. Read more

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 The personnel director for Thurston County has filed an illegal campaigning complaint against county Assessor Steven Drew, alleging that the Democrat solicited donations for commissioner Sandra Romero’s re-election from four top managers during a meeting in county offices on Feb. 9. Read more

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 More than 30 Kittitas County landowners to date have applied to have the assessed values of their properties lowered because of damage from the Taylor Bridge Fire. Read more

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  A 40-year-old Oak Harbor woman is due in Skagit County Superior Court tomorrow to face felony theft charges. Read more

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 A new phone scam campaign seeks personal information from older residents by implying they can gain property tax refunds or relief, according to the Clark County Assessor's Office. Read more

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 Flooding in Kittitas County over the years has caused millions of dollars in damage. Roads were destroyed and at their worst, people couldn't get to work. Read more

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 Dale Washam, Pierce County assessor-treasurer, is a one-termer. Washam, 74, finished a distant fourth in Tuesday’s primary election returns. The result knocks him off the ballot for November’s general election and guarantees a new assessor next year. Read more

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 King County voters endorsed a $200 million property tax measure to build a juvenile justice facility, as King County Elections released initial results Tuesday night. Read more

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Tax facts not spin

07 Aug 2012

 Taxes. San Juan County has the lowest property tax rates in Washington state. That is a fact. The average rate for the 19 different districts in the county was $5.35 in 2011 according to the state Department of Revenue. The owner of a $500,000 house paid $2,675 in property tax with the majority going to the state of Washington. Read more

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 DuPont voters will decide in November whether to pay more in property taxes to pay the debt on three civic buildings and keep three firefighters on the job. Read more

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 Kent voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to approve a property tax levy increase to help pay for city park and street repairs. Read more

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 Under the Salina School District's proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year, property taxes on a $100,000 house will go down by $2.54. Read more

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 Proponents of a $210 million property-tax levy to rebuild King County's Youth Services Center acknowledge they have a tough sell. Read more

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 DuPont city officials didn’t think they’d need to ask voters for money to build a new city hall and police and fire station to serve the rapidly growing south Pierce County city. Now, three years after those buildings opened, it appears they don’t have a choice. Read more

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 Benton and Franklin counties will see more property tax revenue growth than the state this year. Read more

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 Clark County has been stripped of its distinction of having the highest average property tax levy rate in the state. Read more

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