It’s a shame that citizens that have lived in Snohomish County their whole lives and have paid property taxes for 35 or more years are not given an exemption on the school portion of property taxes. That means paying taxes for education for almost three generations of students, K-12.
The modest home once purchased is now valued at a ridiculous amount so is taxed as such. Is it fair to penalize these citizens who worked hard, were responsible, raised families, bought homes and would like to look forward to retiring, not rich but maybe modestly comfortable?
Snohomish County gives a deferral on taxes to seniors on fixed incomes. It’s no favor! The deferred taxes must be paid back when their property is sold. A lot of seniors would not qualify or would not choose this unfair option so are stuck paying for all the frivolous spending on fluffy new schools and services that newcomers require.
Senior citizens who have paid property taxes in excess of 35 years continuously have earned exemption from the school portion of property taxes. Senior citizens deserve to have the respect due them and not made to feel that they should be taxed out of their homes like some “Soylent Green” new world.
How about if we stop giving handouts to those who drain the system and start taking into consideration those who cherish and built this great county.