Port Orchard Council Votes Down Small Property-Tax Hike

By Chris Henry, Kitsap Sun
Posted November 11, 2009 at 8:08 p.m.

PORT ORCHARD — Due to a recent population spike, the city of Port Orchard must operate under new rules in preparing its 2010 budget.

That posed a dilemma for at least two freshman city council members who campaigned on pledges not to increase taxes without a citywide vote.

The city council on Tuesday voted down an ordinance that would have increased the city’s total property tax collection to 101 percent of what it collected in 2009.

The tax hike would have cost property owners less than a penny per $1,000 of assessed value, or $3 per year on a $300,000 home.

Councilmen Jerry Childs and Jim Colebank said they opposed the ordinance as a matter of principle, even though the increase seems small. Fred Olin and Fred Chang also voted against the measure.

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One Response to “Port Orchard Council Votes Down Small Property-Tax Hike”

  1. admin says:

    There’s a follow-up Letter to the Editor written by Ann Welsh in the Kitsap Sun, printed on November 15, 2009.