The majority of the Gig Harbor City Council has asked the state Legislature in Olympia to increase Gig Harbor property taxes above the normal increase.
If property taxes need to be increased, wouldn’t it be better to have this need and discussion on the agenda, in a publicized meeting, instead of making this request on the sly? This request appeared on one of those consent agendas, under Intergovernmental Affairs Committee minutes as part of the council's 2015 Legislative Agenda.
Also in the council’s agenda is a request to the Legislature to limit access to public information. Perhaps some council members think residents don’t need to know about their request to increase property taxes.
According to the Washington State Public Records Act, “The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.”