Should Tri-Cities Do What Spokane Valley Did About Taxes?
According to the Washington Policy Center (WPC), a third major city or county in Washington state has now adopted a 2/3 (two thirds) policy towards raising taxes on it's residents.
During Tuesday's General Election, the City of Spokane Valley passed a measure requiring a 66 percent approval for passing taxes, or at least five votes or more from the City Council. No more split decisions.
Spokane Valley, (where my older middle sister lives) is now a union of what used to be the suburbs of Veradale, Green Acres, Dishman and Opportunity in the valley between Spokane and Idaho.
According to the WPC, Spokane Valley now joins Yakima and strangely enough, Pierce County on the West side in making such a requirement.
The WPC says this move follows six attempts statewide by WA voters to require supermajority tax increases, which were passed in 1992, 1998, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Each time, they were challenged in court by Governors Locke, Gregoire and Inslee, and eventually overturned.
But unlike those times, Yakima, Pierce County and Spokane Valley have met State Supreme Court criteria by updating a number of policies, city laws and other factors so they can legally make sure requirements.