(By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent)
County treasurer, assessor warn residents to plan ahead…
As many residents in Stevens County are making their second property tax payment for 2017 this month, county officials are encouraging residents to plan ahead for a tax increase coming in 2018.
The $43.7 billion two-year budget passed by the Washington State Legislature this year included a significant property tax increase designed to help the state fulfill its court-ordered mandate to fully fund public education. A lawsuit in 2007,McCleary v. State of Washington, argued the legislature was not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to fully fund public education. The Washington State Supreme Court agreed with the suit and in 2012 ordered the legislature to raise public education funding.