Buck and Kessler to push tax freeze measure
Olympia, WA - State Representative Jim Buck says constitutional amendments can be a “tough sell”, and it’s going to take bipartisan support for approval of the Predictable Tax Amendment, a measure developed by Sequim-area residents as a means of controlling rapidly rising property taxes.
Buck, along with seatmate Representative Lynn Kessler are introducing House Joint Resolution 42-14, which would put new limits on future property-tax increases. The Sequim group backing the idea believes it would head off the market-driven spikes that are squeezing already-tight family budgets. HJR 42-14 would amend the constitution to require a 1-percent annual cap on the increase in a home’s assessed value.
The proposal must pass both the House and Senate with a two-thirds majority. If it wins approval, it would be referred to Washington voters as a ballot measure in November 2006. A simple majority would be required for it to become law.
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