Northwest NEWS

July 26, 1999

Local News

Reform measure sought to limit tax increases to inflation

   A new study by the Washington Institute Foundation of the state's 39 counties and 21 major cities shows that most are not following the provisions of a major tax limitation law passed by voters two years ago.

   In 1997, by a nearly two-to-one margin, Washington voters passed Referendum 47, a measure to cut the state property tax and to limit local property tax increases to the rate of inflation, which is just .85% in 1999.

   The study, titled "Property Tax Relief in Washington: Referendum 47's Second Year," was authored by Vice President for Research Paul Guppy. It takes a comprehensive look at how well the tax limitation promised by Referendum 47 is actually working. The results of this recent study show that: