“Thurston County taxpayers will pay $324 million in property taxes, about $9 million more than in 2011.
Thats less than the $10 million increase from 2010 to 2011.
‘Most of the taxing districts are allowed by law to increase their budgets for the year, and mainly they do that because of the costs of services,’ said County Treasurer Shawn Myers. ‘Its common. They do this every year. Its the cost of living.‘”
Property tax payers received their tax notices in recent days.
If any consolation to Thurston County taxpayers, at the very least, they will not have to pay any of the 20-year bond (debt) to purchase a one-million-dollar library facility on a non-prime second floor and with square footage that is way too large, what with printed library book stocks shrinking as book distributions shift to electronic media!
No, the costs will be borne on the backs of City of Yelm property tax payers only, as agreed in the city’s contract with TRL decades ago. Just unfortunate that city leaders were so myopic (had on blinders) to be tied to buying the currently leased library facility. There were many more options, however city officials were warned 6 years ago about doing something then to purchase an appropriate library facility, yet waited until being behind the 8-ball at the very last moment, thinking TRL would rescue them.
[This post was written by Steve Klein. Klein is a former Mayor appointee to the Yelm Library Citizens Advisory Board and subsequently that Board’s chosen Chair.
Klein, along with his wife Yael own several parcels and pay property taxes in the Cities of Yelm & Tenino and in Thurston County within the Yelm zip code.]