Alert to Lake Stevens residents; Your house payment or rent is going up! (“Here’s how much property taxes will rise to pay for schools,” The Herald, Jan. 22)
Lake Stevens property owners are getting the triple tax whammy this year, and Sno-Isle Libraries wants to make it much worse. Your 2018 property taxes are going up significantly because of:
Local school levy increase approved in 2017;
State school levy increase mandated by Legislature in 2017;
EMT/Fire levy increase approved in 2017.
Now Sno-Isle Libraries wants to almost double the library taxes you currently pay for a new, gigantic library, and they want over-taxed property owners to pay for it for the next 20 years ($17 million).
What other funding source was considered to for this? Why are property owners always treated like an “ATM” for these projects? (“Because we’ve always done it that way” is not a good answer). The new Boys & Girls Club was built with private funds, a new library should use the same funding approach.
Join me in voting no on the library tax increase on Feb. 13. Please mark and mail in your ballot! Don’t let this thing pass due to low voter participation! Property taxes should be used to pay for essential services, not a library that a small minority of the community utilizes.