[3/1/18] Two Chelan Valley Taxing Districts Have Levies On Upcoming Special Election

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Last Friday was the deadline for taxing districts to officially notify the County Auditors Office of their intent to run a levy in this April’s Special Election.

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says he has heard from two Chelan Valley taxing districts: Chelan Fire & Rescue – and – Manson Parks.

Manson Parks and Recreations is asking voters to support a 3-year replacement levy at 23cents per $1,000 assessed value. No increase. That is the current levy rate.

Chelan Fire & Rescue Commissioners voted unanimously last week to run a levy lid lift in April’s Special Election. Currently Chelan Fire & Rescue collects 92 cents per $1,000 of assessed value– they are asking for a 43% increase to 1.32 per $1,000 assessed value.

Chief Tim Lemon, with Chelan Fire & Rescue explains the levy lid lift process…

022618 Special Election 1 :16 “… funding the fire department.”

It’s important to note that the 1% limit applies to the maximum increase in tax revenue that can be levied by an individual taxing district.

Individual tax bills are based on a number of factors, including whether voters approve tax increases beyond the levy limit of 1%.

In addition to the almost automatic 1%, taxing districts also collect any revenues generated by new construction, or improvements to property. Judging by the significant growth in the Chelan Valley, that may be noteworthy.

Also worth notingis: of course taxpayers always pay election costs, but in the case of Special Elections, County Auditor, Skip Moore says those costs are a little more…

022618 Special Election 2 :25 “…what cost of an election.”

At this point, we don’t know election costs of either the Manson levy, nor the Chelan Fire & Rescue levy.