Re: "County property taxes climb by 7.7%" (TNT, 2-16).
Thanks for explaining why our property taxes are increasing at a rapid rate. It’s important for Pierce County residents to know there are costly consequences, even for renters, to approving levies and bonds for many public services.
Property tax increases have reached a level of taxpayer generosity resulting in less support of levies and bonds in parts of Pierce County and the state. The Feb. 10 special election in 35 counties had 131 levies and bonds on the ballot. Some important school bonds and maintenance and operation levies failed because voters are starting to push back, want to see better plans, smarter spending and making tax hikes the last resort, not the first choice.
House Bill 1941 would change the state constitution, making school bonds easier to pass by reducing the 60 percent voter approval threshold to a simple majority.
This is an important change to our constitution that people may or may not support. Pierce County residents should contact their representatives in Olympia who co-sponsor and support this bill to tell them their opinion. In the South Sound, they are Reps. Dick Muri, Christine Kilduff, Jake Fey, Carol Gregory, David Sawyer and Laurie Jinkins. They need to hear from voters.