Seattle - Now Property Tax Hike


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According to Q13 FOX, King County homeowners already saw a bump of 17 percent in their property taxes in 2017, but City Council members want property taxes increased even more:

Council members Lorena Gonzalez and Rob Johnson are sponsoring the measure, which states the council wants to lift the limit on regular property taxes in order to levy additional taxes… In 2014, Seattle voters approved a $58 million levy allowing low-income kids to go to preschool for free. Since 2015, the city says the program has allowed affordable or free preschool to 850 families. Now the city wants to send hundreds more to preschool. Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Office is also pushing to send high school graduates to community college for free.

The homelessness problem in Seattle has continued to snowball (as John Stossel and Maxim Lott point out at, Seattle’s building code is 745 pages, and the residential building code is another 685 pages); the Seattle City Council has focused far more on “road diets” – narrowing roads via bike lanes – than on the quality of traffic; King County has spent billions on useless light rail. But now they want to bust homeowners’ wallets again – after instituting a $15 minimum wage and a head tax.

This is how Leftist governance destroys thriving major cities. First, you create building codes. That raises rents. Then you increase minimum wage to compensate. That drives out small businesses. Then you tax the big businesses to compensate. So they leave. Then you tax homeowners to compensate. So they leave. Eventually, bad governance based on good intentions crushes growth. But so long as members of the Seattle City Council feel good about themselves, that’s what truly matters.

HOW TO DESTROY A MAJOR CITY: One Week After Passing Massive Head Tax, Seattle Democrats Consider Huge Property Tax Increase


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I believe they were jealous of California getting all the press in passing all kinds of stupid laws/taxes, they wanted some attention too.


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Detroit on the Pacific, anyone?
You can probably add Illinois to that:

"In the report, Thomas Haasl, Rick Mattoon, and Thom Walstrom said the best way to raise $130 billion in revenue would be to add another line in homeowners’ property tax bills. This would cost the owner of a $250,000 home another $2,500 annually. The report estimates a 1 percent tax on all home values in the state would pay off the debt in 30 years."

Yeah, right.