Monday, February 9, 2015

City Council to Consider Property Tax Exemption for Low Income Seniors & Disabled Individuals

The Spokane City Council tonight will consider an emergency ordinance to authorize a property tax exemption for qualified low-income seniors and disabled individuals that would apply to the City’s recently passed street levy. The exemption would take effect immediately.

A press release just sent out by City staff quotes Mayor Condon  as saying, “We told our citizens our street levy proposal would buy additional street improvements without increasing tax rates, and we will live up to that commitment with this action.”

The City’s proposed exemption mirrors one already allowed by state law, but the Washington State Department of Revenue contends that its exemption program doesn’t apply to the new street levy as it did to the previous 2004 street bond.  Rather than spending public dollars and unnecessary time on a legal action, the City has decided to adopt its own exemption program to apply to the new street levy and similar measures.

The exemption program applies to seniors or disabled individuals with a household income of $35,000 or less. Citizens can apply for the property exemption through the Spokane County Assessor’s Office. Information is available at

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