In 2001, we sponsored and voters passed a 1% cap on property tax increases. In 2007, after the supreme court decided that voters had been “misled” into voting for the initiative (the goofiest court ruling EVER), the Legislature readopted the 1% cap with 90% of legislators approving it and Governor Gregoire signing it into law.
Last Friday, I testified against the House bill — watch it here:
* “I’m tired, and voters are tired, of listening to governments’ incessant whining about this proven, effective, flexible property tax cap.”
* “Opponents have no reasonable answer to the safety valve built into this cap: if governments want more, all they have to do is ask the voters’ permission.”
* “If you take away the 1% cap, property taxes will skyrocket like they did in the 90’s, and voters will be more than willing to support an initiative that’ll tighten the limit even tighter.”
This Thursday at 1:30 pm, there’s a hearing on this same bill in the Senate. It’s critically important that you let legislators in the House and Senate know how you feel about this betrayal.
I ask you — RIGHT NOW — to email this, or something like this to legislators:
“I strongly oppose Senate Bill 5772 and House Bill 1764 because they blatantly violate the will of the people. These bills let governments unilaterally increase property taxes without the voters permission. The current cap is working exactly as voters intended. If you take away this cap, you will only spur a tax revolt and new initiative that restricts property taxes even more. Voters oppose SB 5772 and HB 1764 because they make it easier to increase property taxes.”
Cut and paste these email addresses into the To line of your email — here’s the 98 House members:
Please do your part. Help us stop this huge betrayal of the public trust.
We are thrilled with the positive feedback we’re getting on this year’s initiative. The Property Tax Fairness Initiative is a bold, exciting proposal that helps everyone. It cuts property taxes 25%, caps property tax increases, and eliminates the personal property tax. It’s all about making property taxes fairer. Help us make it a reality.