County Council’s proposed tax plan raises sales tax, lowers property tax
June 22, 2010
The lawmakers representing the Issaquah area on the King County Council last week proposed raising sales tax and cutting property taxes to pay for criminal justice programs.
Kathy Lambert and Reagan Dunn offered a proposal to cut some existing property-tax levies and raise the sales tax two-tenths of a percent, to 9.7 cents per dollar, and 10.2 cents on restaurants and bar purchases.
“Citizens who are dealing with reduced salaries and job losses want their government to make cuts and reprioritize expenditures,” Lambert said in a news release. “These choices are hard, just like the cuts families make every day.”
The proposal aims to reduce several property levies — measures for parks expansion and flood control, as well as a levy to raise funds for unincorporated areas and a measure to pay for the automated fingerprint-identification system used by local law enforcement agencies.
Lambert and Dunn said the property-tax cuts and resulting sales tax increase would be “tax neutral” for county residents.
“This plan honors taxpayers by not asking them for more taxes during this severe economic downturn,” Dunn said. “It also prioritizes our cops and courts by cutting back on things that are lower priorities at this time.”
The proposed plan would cut tax bills by $8 for the average household in 2011. Lambert and Dunn said the total cost for the average household would be $4 through 2013.
Lambert represents Issaquah, Sammamish and a large swath of northeastern King County. Dunn represents unincorporated King County south of Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue.