Karen Bowerman for Clark County, WA Council District 3

It always amazes me that Washington, one of only seven states in the U.S. with no income tax, ranks very high in total tax burden. Property tax is part of the culprit, and Clark County ranks 4th highest among Washington’s 39 counties in 2020 median property tax (TaxRates.org).

There is a 1% cap on the annual growth in a jurisdiction’s property tax budget, unless voters approve a new levy. So how did Clark County do in the 2020 budget? Property tax went up 1.97% along with additional road tax of 1%. How did they manage that with a 1% cap? The answer is that there was still .97 in banked capacity which the County Council took with the 1% cap!

As a result of significant recent losses in Clark County’s general fund revenue because of the pandemic, there will be push from some for increasing taxes next year as much as possible, including from my opponent. In fact, my opponent said it is very important to approve the maximum tax increase again in order to keep systems running (Columbian editorial interview). Some systems must be kept running such as the funding of public safety, but tax dollars need not be increased if belt tightening is done in areas such as code reform to eliminate codes beyond those that are required.

I will vote against excessive taxation and against your tax dollars being increased just so government can grow without analysis of value contributed to our residents.

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