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New Downtown Revitalization Tax Excludes Churches

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YAKIMA, Wash-- This new downtown tax will not apply to churches. But, it will apply to non-profit organizations located in the downtown zone.

City council voted 6-1 to approve the new tax. In it's first year the tax could raise up to $215,000 for downtown maintnence and improvements. The rate of taxation will be based on property value. 

Salvation Army spokesman Thomas Morrow explains that he is happy with the improvements that have been made so far.

"Yakima is kind of a well kept secret from the west side. And someday people from Seattle and Tacoma are going to discover this place," said Thomas Morrow.

However, Murrow was uncertain how the downtown Salvation Army would be affected by this tax. He said the Salvation Army is a part of the Christian church and also a non-profit. He also said that it depends on how they are classified whether or not they will be taxed. 

Churches are being asked to make a voluntary donation each year to the revitilization project of $200.

60% of the downtown property owners approved this tax