This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.
For Pierce County government, tight budgets during the economic downturn have meant taking such belt-tightening measures as layoffs, furloughs and canceling Superior Court jury trials for two weeks to save the cost of paying $10 a day to members of the jury pool.
Next year’s budget looks even more challenging. Revenue is badly needed – especially new revenue.
An important source of that is the tax collected on new construction. But the county and other taxing districts could miss out on millions of dollars in new revenue for at least a year because Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam has told his inspectors to focus exclusively on physical inspections of existing properties. Those inspections were at the crux of his vendetta against his predecessor, Ken Madsen.
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