Levies put extra burden on fixed-income seniors

OlympiaFebruary 6, 2014 

In the two decades I have lived in Thurston County, it seems there have been at least half a dozen school levies passed. My propery taxes have ranged from $1,500 to $4,500 annually over the past 15 years; yet the value of my property is much lower than it used to be while other expenses, such as homeowners insurance, have doubled.

Although education levies are needed, they impose a tremendous burden on seniors who are on fixed incomes. Our legislators refuse to increase the annual income amount to be exempted for levies, so I must ask that all voters consider how it affects those of us who can’t afford it. Even for those seniors who would like to work, it is impossible to obtain anything other than a low-wage job, despite education and level of experience.

Washington state should be the responsible party for education levies, not the homeowners who can’t afford it. Please consider the plight of homeowners on fixed incomes when you make your decision to vote on this recent levy.

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