Mike Park believes he is living the American Dream. America has given him the chance to be a successful business…
Tax rate suppression is a complicated issue and can affect most governments. The county is struggling with how to fund courts, prosecutors and the sheriff. But they also are worried about the potential for flood control, which lays on the horizon as potentially the biggest issue of all.
Levy suppression occurs when local taxing districts’ “rates” in any given area in the county exceed the limit of $5.90 per $1,000 of assessed property value. There are over 400 separate levy codes county-wide which overlap each other and are added together to establish your individual tax bill. Some, such as EMS, are excluded.
The biggest political news in the state recently was Dino Rossi’s confirmation that he will run for the United States Senate against Democratic incumbent Patty Murray.
Rossi has been under significant pressure for several months by insiders, both here and in the nation’s capital. Republican leaders in both Washingtons desperately need Rossi at the top of the ballot. In order for Republicans to have a chance at regaining the state Legislature in two years, they must capture several Democratic seats this year.
Now, at a time when most campaigns are still under the radar, and the public’s attention is on the opening of baseball season or the first sighting of daffodils, we’ve already had two controversies.
Is this the trend many feared would occur, or simply a bumpy start? Only time will tell.