Are Seattle homeowners about to hit tax fatigue?

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 7:17 PM

SEATTLE -- The Seattle City Council will let voters decide in August if there should be a Metropolitan Parks District to tax homeowners to pay for park maintenance.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city's parks system has a $256 million backlog of repairs. It's one of several tax measures that voters may be deciding in coming elections.

Are Seattle voters willing to pay for better parks, as well as a new waterfront, school for pre-kindergarten, or Metro buses?

Seattleites recently agreed to higher taxes for a new seawall, libraries and families and education. Seattle property owners are also already still paying off the debt on the Kingdome.

"I think voters will throw up their hands and say no if they think we're not being effective, efficient with their tax dollars. But I think we do a pretty good job here," said City Council President Tim Burgess.

The state has a one percent cap on property tax increases, so voters will be asked to cherry pick what they're willing to fund.

The property tax increases are just a small part of your home taxes. The biggest chunk is in the increased value of your house.

 

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