Puyallup officials will meet Monday to finalize the city’s 2010 property tax levy, an issue that has proved controversial this year as council members debate over how much it should be reduced.
The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Monday in the Puyallup City Council chambers, located on the fifth floor of the Puyallup City Hall at 333 S. Meridian Street.
The Puyallup City Council passed a motion in 2008 pledging to reduce taxes by about $7.8 million, roughly the amount of money it took the city to run the Puyallup Fire Department before the department became part of Central Pierce Fire and Rescue earlier this year. But with Puyallup’s revenues down in the past year, the city council is considering a smaller tax reduction for 2010 that wouldn’t fully offset the loss of the city fire department. An early proposal would have reduced the city’s tax collections by about $1.6 million, while the option now before the council would reduce taxes by about $6.1 million.
The city council must vote again on the $6.1 million tax reduction proposal before it becomes final. Council members are expected to do so at the special meeting Monday. Only four members of the seven member council approved the proposal when it came up for first reading Nov. 17.