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Published on Friday, January 12, 2018

New affordable housing proposals get hearings

HB 2437 is a significant new proposal from Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) that would provide a local option 0.025 percent credit against the state sales tax for affordable housing purposes. Counties would be given the first choice, and if they do not choose to use the option, it would then be provided to cities. Funds could be bonded against, and used for the acquisition, construction, maintenance, or operations of affordable housing, as well as rental assistance or to provide services within supportive housing.

AWC is strongly in favor of this bill. It is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Finance Committee at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, January 16. AWC encourages participation from cities, particularly elected officials who would like to share their support at the hearing.

HB 2480 is a new proposal from Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) which would authorize cities to establish a six-year property tax abatement program for affordable attached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs). This is a creative proposal that may encourage more infill with ADUs or DADUs and seems worthy of our support.

The bill is scheduled for public hearing in the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee at 10 am on Tuesday, January 16. Please share your thoughts on this bill with Carl Schroeder.

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