"I've been talking to people from Seattle, Burien, all over this area, all over King County and even some areas outside of King County that experienced these huge (property tax) increases. Anywhere from 19 to 31% and these are people on fixed incomes", says a KVI listener who is fed up with the major property tax increases being delivered to homeowners due to the Washington Legislature's new formula for public school funding and the passage of the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) $54 billion light rail extension that taxes property for the first time in the mass transit agency's history.
"And its especially rough for seniors citizens on fixed incomes," Maureen from Redmond tells KVI's John Carlson, "because if you have a couple and they have two Social Security checks, what I'm hearing from them is that they are trying to live on one Social Security check per month because the other one has to be set aside strictly for property taxes."
After pleading with her state elected representatives in the Washington Legislature but getting no cooperation on property tax relief, now she's pushing for a property tax exemption for people 66 and over. She's urging supporters to show up on May 1st at 1pm in Kirkland to rally at the offices of State Representatives Larry Spring and Roger Goodman. She suggests you also contact Gov. Jay Inslee's office 360-902-4111 to demand a special Legislative session to provide property tax for seniors.
"Taxes are so high now that senior citizens are being thrown in to living at poverty level," Maureen laments.
"People will say 'well just...you've got a lot of money there, you've been living a long time, you've got a lot of equity, just sell it. Cash out. Go take the money and move some place else.' And my questions is, exactly where are they supposed to move? They can't (afford to) stay in this area. And what they don't take into consideration is that when seniors have to move somewhere where they know no one they lose that social safety net. That's very important when you age. And they also lose their medical providers.", she emphasizes.