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Zillah City Councilman wants city ordinance to restrict property taxes

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A Zillah city councilman has an idea to keep property taxes in check now that Initiative 747 has been ruled unconstitutional.

Chad Crossley says he was driving to work this morning when he thought up the perfect solution -- create a city ordinance that restricts property tax increases.

Earlier this month, the supreme court rule that Tim Eyeman's Initiative 747 was unconstitutional.

That's stirred up fears among many homeowners across the state about huge increases in property taxes.

But Crossley believes there's a simple solution if local municipalities are willing to follow voter wishes.

"I thought the people voted it on it," says Crossley, "Wouldn't it be something if cities got together, said hey, people want property tax limits, lets give it to them.  Let's have the city of zillah be the first to make a move."

Crossley says he brought up the idea to the Zillah mayor and city attorney.  Now they plan to discuss it at the next council meeting on Monday night.

A vote could come as soon as two weeks.

Crossley hopes other cities pick up on the ordinance idea.

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