The Washington State property tax system is in need of reform so that
homeowners are protected from unaffordable tax bills while still allowing local governments to raise sufficient revenue. In
addition, our system must be made more equitable for lower and moderate
income homeowners and renters.
- February 27, 2007 - The property tax in Washington State funds essential local priorities such as education, fire protection, and hospitals. New research by the Center explores the opportunity for the state to ensure adequate funding for these essential public programs while addressing the existing inequities in the system.
- March 28, 2007 - State legislators in Olympia are currently considering various proposals for property tax reform. One idea that has not yet been proposed here is a property tax circuit breaker, which would offer tax credits to lower and moderate income homeowners who are paying more than a certain threshold of income in property taxes. Read the policy brief
- November, 2007 - An opportunity exists for Washington State to take a thoughtful and balanced approach to property tax reform.