Snohomish city taxpayers subsidizing developers

City of Snohomish

Don’t subsidize developers

Red Alert to property taxpayers within the boundaries of Snohomish School District 201.

A few years ago, the Snohomish City Council exempted property taxes on the new construction of multi-family dwelling units in the Pilchuck District.

Now the new council is looking at expanding exemptions to the newly created Midtown District to incentivize developers to build more multi-family units. At the same time, the council is looking at increasing the building height limit from five stories to six stories in the Midtown District.

Property taxes are budget-based, meaning the taxing districts (schools, fire, library, city, etc.) get their budgeted amount of revenue no matter what; whether or not the number of individual taxpayers valuations go up or down. So the more taxes exempted, the more non-exempt taxpayers have to pay so the taxing districts can get their budgeted amount of revenue.

It is blatantly unfair for all of us Snohomish area property taxpayers to subsidize for-profit developers by paying more property taxes. Rich developers are always looking for more “freebies” and a “free lunch” from the government.

Snohomish is not a blighted, decaying city needing tax exemptions for revitalization.

Everyone in the city should play by the same rules on a level playing field.

The Snohomish City Council should put an end to corporate welfare by eliminating these exemptions and certainly not expand it to the Midtown District.

Morgan Davis


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, July 3

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a man fishes for salmon in the Snake River above the Lower Granite Dam in Washington state. Three Republican U.S. House members from Washington state are criticizing Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River to help improve endangered salmon runs. (Jesse Tinsley /The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)
Editorial: Waiting could force bad choice on dams, salmon

Work should begin now to begin replacing what four dams on the Snake River provide.

Comment: Making our celebration about ‘All Rights for All!’

A trio of 19th-century journalists demanded nothing less than an end to sexism, homophobia and racism.

Comment: Cutting through the haze of FDA’s fight with Juul

The FDA wants to bar its e-cigarettes over a lack of data, but can vaping help adults quit smoking?

Sullivan: Weekly 2 more newspapers close as ‘news desert’ grows

Without a reliable source of local news, false information spreads and democracy falters.

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, July 2

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Dan Hazen
Dan Hazen: Political labels set fight, leave out the middle

‘Conservative’ and ‘liberal’ don’t address each sides’ true motivations and ignore collaboration we need.

Jeremy Steiner: Look again; you might see reason to celebrate

Despite our worries, Americans have a lot to celebrate as the nation marks its 246th birthday.

Joe Kennedy, a former assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash., poses for a photo March 9, 2022, at the school's football field. After losing his coaching job for refusing to stop kneeling in prayer with players and spectators on the field immediately after football games, Kennedy will take his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, April 25, 2022, saying the Bremerton School District violated his First Amendment rights by refusing to let him continue praying at midfield after games. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Editorial: Court majority weakens church, state separation

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision does more to hurt religious liberty than protect a coach’s prayer.

Most Read