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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.

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