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Kennewick City Council Approves Property Tax Increase for 2014

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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
3) limit bedrooms to 10
4)occupancy limits
5) offstreet parking required
6) outside appearance consistent with main home
7) owner occupancy required
8) grace period (12 months)

To see the full proposal, click here.