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A LEGISLATIVE GUIDE TO WASHINGTON STATE PROPERTY TAXES 2016

The Legislative Guide to Washington State Property Taxes was prepared by the Senate Ways and Means Committee staff (within Senate Committee Services) and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) to provide answers to many of the typical questions regarding property taxes

WASINGTON STATE AND LOCAL TAX SYSTEM: DYSFUNCTION & REFORM

A superior state and local tax system for Washington would be a 10.4 percent single-rate personal income tax. Not only would a flat-rate personal income tax be constitutional, but the 10.4 percent rate would provide sufficient tax revenue to eliminate the need for a sales tax, a property tax, a business and occupation tax, and all other state and local taxes. | Economist Dick Conway

Balancing Adequacy and Equity in Washington State’s Property Tax

Chapter 1 provides an overview of Washington’s property tax system and is designed to bring clarity to a complicated structure. Chapter 2 discusses adequacy of the Washington property tax system. It describes the major ways in which taxes are restricted and the limited options available to local governments to avoid those limitations. Chapter 3 focuses on equity. It reviews the history of Washington’s property tax system and its consequences for fairness. | Washington State Budget & Policy Center