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TACOMA: ‘New revenue’ means higher taxes

Letter by Daniel Hillman, Tacoma on Jan. 24, 2012 at 10:34 am | 6 Comments »
January 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Re: “Tacoma streets need new revenue – responsibly spent” (editorial, 1-24).

The News Tribune should be honest enough to call “new revenue” what it really is: a tax increase.

Also be honest enough to tell readers the real truth about this proposal: Adding $1 per $1,000 assessed valuation would increase the Tacoma city property tax rate by 38 percent and increase the total combined property tax rate by 7 percent.

All other things being equal, this proposal would increase all homeowners’ and business owners’ property taxes by 7 percent. Renters should also expect a rent increase if this proposal is approved.

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