Taxes and Tax Relief

May 03, 2024

IN THE NEWS: Republicans blast Democratic bill that would allow tripling of property tax rates

Republicans in the Washington Senate are calling a property tax measure backed by Democrats “the single most destructive and far-reaching bill of the 2024 session.” At least that’s how Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro Woolley, and a member of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, described Senate Bill 5770 in a Wednesday news release. SB 5770 would allow...
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February 09, 2024

IN THE NEWS: WA Democrats ditch bill repealing voter-backed cap on property tax hikes

Senate Democrats’ controversial bill allowing local governments in Washington to exceed the 1% cap on annual property tax increases won’t be acted on this session, its author said Friday. The legislation sought to repeal the voter-backed limit and give cities and counties the ability to levy hikes up to 3%....
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February 07, 2024

Wagoner: Property-tax hike most destructive bill this session

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley and a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement today on Senate Democrats’ plan to vote on Senate Bill 5770, which would allow local property taxes to annually grow up at triple the rate now allowed by law. “The proposed increase...
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January 23, 2024

Wagoner: No need to raise property taxes and rents; there is a better way to get needed funds to local governments

Legislative Democrats recently held a hearing on Senate Bill 5770, which would triple the allowable growth rate of property taxes and almost certainly drive record-high rents up even more. While proponents point to the tax proposal as a way to get much-needed funds to local governments, Sen. Keith Wagoner has...
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October 19, 2023

VIDEO: Inside Olympia – Examining Washington’s Tax System

TVW Inside Olympia Host Austin Jenkins asks Sen. Keith Wagoner, a co-chair of the bipartisan Tax Structure Work Group, to share his thoughts on the group’s work and Washington’s tax structure. Click here to watch now.
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March 07, 2023

Senate approves Wagoner bill to save property taxpayers from late-payment fees

Today the Senate unanimously approved legislation from Sen. Keith Wagoner aimed at saving taxpayers money by helping to eliminate erroneous late fees that result from automatic payments. “It is possible that two taxpayers in the same county, mailing their tax payments in at the same time, on the same day,...
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January 24, 2023

Bipartisan tax reform proposal to replace the B&O tax gets a hearing

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Senate Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade Committee will hold a hearing on SB 5482, a bipartisan bill to reform Washington state’s business tax system recommended by the state Tax Structure Work Group. The bill, sponsored by work group co-chairs Sen. Noel Frame (D-Seattle) and Sen....
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March 15, 2022

Legislative video update

I invite you to watch my latest legislative video! In this short video, I share information regarding major issues the legislature did and didn’t address during the 2022 session. 
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February 25, 2022

Legislative video update

I invite you to watch my latest legislative video! In this short video, I share information regarding this year’s supplemental operating budget and possible improvements to the police reform bills passed last year. 
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