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State Representative Works To Expand TV Tax Exemptions

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Kittitas County, wash.--An area state representative is already working hard in Olympia.

Representative Matt Manweller is working on a bill to expand television tax exemptions something he said should have been done a long time ago.

He said people are heated up about the issue. It's been the subject of 70 percent of his constituent calls since he took office. The issue is over satellite television users paying a tax for a service they don't use.

Currently, there is a $30 per household tax on over-the-air television in Kittitas, Douglas, Clallum and Okanogan counties. The tax goes toward a signal booster that transmits TV signals into areas unreachable by repeater equipment.

People with cable are exempt from the tax because they don't use over-the-air transmission, but neither do satellite users.

"A cable user doesn't use the antenna so the law was crafted, well they shouldn't have to pay," said State Representative Manweller. "And of course logic would dictate that neither would the satellite user either."

Manweller said this is no one's fault. It's just a law that needs to catch up with technology since it was drafted before satellite was available.

The state representative said he still firmly believes in local control and that's why he authorized the district to consider expanding the tax exemption but didn't mandate it.

The first day of the 2013 legislative session starts Monday.