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Ballot Measure Highlights from the August 2023 Primary Election

Primary elections generally see some ballot measures succeed and some fail across the state. This past August, libraries, rec centers, and fire districts fared well, but public hospital districts saw mixed success. And, as always,  levy lid lift measures achieved mixed results.

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Should You Be Collecting Leasehold Excise Tax?

Does your local government lease property to an individual, business, nonprofit, or another local or state government? If so, your agency should be collecting and reporting leasehold excise tax to the Washington Department of Revenue.

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Multi-Year Levy Lid Lifts: A Tool for Coping with Inflation?

Inflation is at a 40-year high, but property tax revenues are limited to a 1% increase each year. Multi-year levy lid lifts can help local governments cope with these inflationary pressures — but will voters approve them? Let’s look at the data.

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Using Levy Lid Lifts to Finance Public Salaries and Services

Using Levy Lid Lifts to Finance Public Salaries and Services

Local governments looking to use levy lid lifts to help with increased costs should carefully consider several issues, such as type, duration, future fiscal need, capacity, and how to best frame the lid lift for a successful vote.

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​2018 General Election Part 2: Property Tax and Bonds Edition

‚Äč2018 General Election Part 2: Property Tax and Bonds Edition

This article looks primarily at local property tax measures from the recent general election — including levy lid lifts, EMS levies, bond measures, and funding for parks, libraries, and affordable housing.

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Why is Property Tax So Complicated?

Why is Property Tax So Complicated?

In this month's Finance Advisor column, Tracey Dunlap, City of Kirkland Director of Finance and Administration, gives us a "property tax 101" overview of the limits on regular property taxes.

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Lessons Learned from Two Successful Levy Lid Lifts

The City of Kirkland was fortunate to have two levy lid lift measures pass on the November 2012 general election ballot. The city's finance director explains how the city approached the two measures and what may have contributed to their success.

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