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Yakima City Council votes to increase property taxes by one percent

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YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to raise property taxes by one percent for the 2011 budget, keeping funding in the current proposal and avoiding additional cuts or layoffs.

Residents owning a home valued at $150,000 would see an increase of less than four dollars for the year. The proposed budget already assumed this tax change and the $150,000 in revenue it would bring to the city. It still leaves a $2.3 million loss in funds for the city.

Mayor Micah Cawley along with council members Maureen Adkison, Dave Edler, Dave Ettl, and Kathy Coffey voted in favor of the increase. Council members Rick Ensey and Bill Lover were against it.

City Manager Dick Zais points out the city had a freeze on this tax and calls it a modest increase.

"These are tough choices that the council makes," he said. "We still have many more coming in this budget and that's what's still ahead of us in this next month."

All of those speaking at the council's business meeting acknowledged that any increase adds to burden many residents are dealing with in these tough economic times.

Zais also says this property tax increase will help keep public safety positions for the city.