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No More Than 1% Property Tax Increase in Zillah

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ZILLAH, Wash - One city may not have to worry about large property tax increases.

The Zillah city council considered an ordinace Monday night that would restrict them from raising property taxes by more than one percent a year.  

This comes after iniative 747 was ruled unconstitutional this month.  It would've imposed restrictions on local governments, making it so they could only raise property taxes no more than one percent a year.

Zillah city councilmember Chad Crossley brought the idea of an ordinance to the table Monday, hoping other cities in the valley would follow his footsteps.

He wants to make sure the people of Zillah won't experience a tax increase for a long time.

"You don't know what is going to happen. We might have two or three people resign and all of a sudden we get some folks in here that want to have more taxes, they want to increase the budget like that, there is nothing there to stop them from doing that," says Crossley.

The council didn't decide to pass an ordinance though.  Instead they will be sending out letters to residents saying property taxes will not be raised more than one percent in the near future.   The council already decided in the 2008 budget to raise the tax three quarters of a percent.

Councilman Crossley says this idea isn't a part of any campaign since he was not re-elected this year.   He will only serve on the council for two more meetings.

Jordan.Youngs@kndo.com

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