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Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

Bill to create study on state and local property taxes heard

SB 6382 would create a 14-member legislative task force to study state and local property taxes. The task force would be required to provide recommendations on improving the equity,

adequacy, reliability, transparency, and simplicity of Washington's property tax system related to the following issues and report to the Legislature by January 2020:

  • Property taxes as a state and local revenue source;
  • Impacts of and potential modifications to current exclusions to the state and local government property tax base;
  • Tax assessment and collection procedures and methods;
  • The tax burden and regressive nature of property taxes by type of property and region and tax burdens in comparison to other revenue sources; and
  • Potential amendments to the state Constitution to provide more legislative flexibility.

The bill was heard in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 25.

Categories: Budget & finance