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2007 Senate Bill 6178: Providing a 50% property tax deferral for households with income of $57,000 or less
  1. Introduced by Sen. Claudia Kauffman, (D-Kent) (D) on November 29, 2007, to establish a property tax deferment program. Households making less than fifty-seven thousand dollars per year can defer up to fifty percent of annual property tax assessment without exceeding forty percent of the claimants home equity. This program is to be administered through the County Auditor’s office and applies to taxes due and payable after April 30, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on November 29, 2007.
      • Substitute offered to the Senate on November 29, 2007, to remove the requirement that the holders of a mortgage or purchase contract which requires a reserve for payment of property tax must cosgin on the declaration of deferral. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 29, 2007.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Cheryl Pflug, (R-Maple Valley) (R) on November 29, 2007, to provide that homeowners must receive notice that the interest rate charged may be higher than the market rate and that the deferral will result in the state obtaining a financial interest in the property.
      • Amendment offered in the Senate on November 29, 2007. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on November 29, 2007.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (Wenatchee) (R) on November 29, 2007, to require the Department of Revenue to conduct an analysis of deferral programs in other states of the country. A report of the findings is due to the legislature by January 20, 2008.
      • Amendment offered in the Senate on November 29, 2007. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on November 29, 2007.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Don Benton (Vancouver) (R) on November 29, 2007, to provide that in determining a household's disposable income, permits a deduction for expenditures on durable medical equipment, mobility enhancing equipment, and long-term care insurance.
  2. Passed 27 to 21 in the Senate on November 29, 2007, Providing a 50% property tax deferral for households with income of $57,000 or less.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Referred to the House Rules Committee on November 29, 2007.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Bailey (Oak Harbor) (R) on November 29, 2007, Eliminates the emergency clause. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2007.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ed Orcutt, (Kalama) (R) on November 29, 2007, Eliminates the requirement to repay deferred taxes and assessments. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2007.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) (R) on November 29, 2007. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2007.
  4. Received in the House on November 29, 2007.
  5. Passed 55 to 39 in the House on November 29, 2007.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on November 29, 2007, to provide a 50% property tax deferral for households with income of $57,000 or less.

Comments

Can it be paid off at any time?  by Anonymous on February 27, 2008 
If a deferral, until my SS kicks in 4 years from now, and I CAN PAY IT BACK with the tax and interest...Ok in my book. Single anyway, die at the credit limit and STUFF'em...I got it figured...(by the way, PROTEST any new Prop tax bills..based now on inflated "bubble" housing prices, which are dropping like an anchor off yer boat..)...fight back..HARD!

Reply to Mick  by Anonymous on January 30, 2008 
Mick: With a Democrat majority in the legislature you can bet the only people in this state they care about are:

1. Sodomites
2. Radical Feminists
3. Radical Environmentalists
4. Union members

The rest of us are invisible and will always be invisible.

Good for the State, bad for the people  by Anonymous on January 30, 2008 
Once again, a Democrat introduces a bill designed to put more money in State coffers while pretending it is designed to help people with property taxes.

This bill puts a lien on the property and when the property is sold or the property owner(s) die, the state is first in line to be refunded the amount of tax deferred - with interest. The interest rate today is 7%-bad enough but that will certainly increase each year.

The bottom line is the property owner may benefit some while alive but the State benefits even more when the property is sold.

This bill is just another avenue to confiscate people's wealth which is the bottom line for Democrats.

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