KENNEWICK, WA - Property owners in Kennewick will be paying a little more on their property taxes next year to help pay for three new Kennewick police officers.
On Tuesday, the Kennewick City Council unanimously approved a 1 percent increase from the 2013 rate. This would eliminate a significant portion of the funding identified for three new police officers hired in 2013 to combat gang activity.
Kennewick Mayor Pro-tem Don Britain tells NBC Right Now that means for the owner of a $150,000 home, their property taxes will be up by $1.82 compared to this year.
Also on the agenda Tuesday, council members also unanimously approved a proposal from the Home Builders Association of the Tri-Cities to allow detached accessory dwelling units in residential zoning districts.
Currently, the Kennewick Municipal Code allows attached/internal ADUs, but does not allow accessory dwelling units in a detached structure. Similar provisions have been adopted by the cities of Richland and Pasco.
Now, this doesn't mean you can start building a shack in your backyard. There are several standards. The Home Builders Association proposal contained a number of development standards for detached accessory dwelling units including:
1) minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet
2) floor area limits of 40% of living area of main dwelling up to 800 square feet