– “Property owners will pay more in taxes to the Port of Olympia in 2018”
“The Port of Olympia commission voted 2-1 Monday night to approve three things tied to next year’s budget, including a higher property tax levy.
But the tax rate the commission approved won’t pay for all of the proposed projects the port is considering.
Those with a home valued at $262,000 — the typical property owner used by the port — will pay $51.27 a year to the port in 2018, compared to $45.36 this year. That’s based on a 19-cent-per-$1,000 property tax rate.”
“Commissioner E.J. Zita voted against all three budget-related items, including the tax hike.”
“McGregor supported increasing the levy by 4 cents because it ‘allows us to continue to do those other things in the community.’
“Zita countered that the port should only take the value of new construction and not increase the levy.
“Downing wasn’t happy with the 4-cent rate hike, but finally voiced support for a 3-cent increase. McGregor changed his mind and agreed with Downing. They finally voted to approve the levy at 19 cents per $1,000,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
– Editor’s note:
This blogger supported McGregor’s Port Commission opponent Bill Fishburn to get a different mindset elected there.