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UPLACE: Tax rate has property owners feeling the pinch

Letter by Eric A. Ether, University Place on Feb. 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm with 4 Comments »
February 28, 2012 12:35 pm

The assessed value of my home has fallen by almost 25 percent since 2008, yet my property taxes this year are their highest dollar amount in four years.

What gives?

Well, University Place voters just can’t bring themselves to say no to any request for new tax levies. It doesn’t seem to matter how unnecessary or unreasonable the matter might be.

So here we are.

Imagine the pain we’ll all feel in a few years from the double whammy when our home values begin to climb again with our levy rate at record highs.



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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    If you call the tax assessor he will tell you that when you vote in school levies it doesn’t matter if your have value goes down your property tax rate goes up to make up the difference. You need to learn how levies work. they win, you lose.

    Dumb voters keep approving school levies that fund the broken status quo.

    Want to find out who is to blame for your high property tax, look in the mirror.

    Your home value could go down to zero and you will still pay the levy rate to the union schools. Time for voters to educate themselves.

  2. Time for people to stop considering their home to be a bank account. Taxedenoughintacoma is correct in as much as the levy amount still has to be collected amongst the property owners. If you don’t want government, don’t vote for taxes. Of course, you could be like that little berg in the county awhile back and not fund ambulance service until the taxpayers realized no ambulances were going to roll up to their doors when they had a heart attack.

  3. BigSwingingRichard says:

    And how are those new and improved city services which were promised to you once UP become a separately incorporated city? Did this happen or are the services the same and the taxes higher?

  4. old_benjamin says:

    Vote with your feet like Mama Stortini’s did.

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