Clallam: Commissioners delay passing budget, but split over raising taxes along party lines


Peninsula Daily News

Clallam County commissioners postponed adopting their 2003 budget Tuesday, but they increased taxes by a 2-1 vote.

The only Republican on the three-member board, Mike Chapman of Port Angeles, cast the dissenting vote on raising the county's property taxes by 1 percent and road taxes by 1 percent.

Chapman told Commissioners Mike Doherty, D-Port Angeles, and Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, that he voted against the increases because ``the people say no new taxes.''

When Doherty asked Chapman to come up with more budget cuts, Chapman said he had, ``but they were ignored.''

Tharinger said the tax increase was necessary only to ``provide a base'' to continue quality county services, and he also saw it as a show of support for county employees.


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