Every morning for the last several years I have read The Olympian. Each copy has from one to five foreclosure notices in it. I believe we have passed the 2,000 mark.
A lot of these foreclosures are the fault of our assessor’s office. Much of our property is over-assessed.
My $26,000 house and $16,000 property is up to $324,550, down from a high of $400,000. But my taxes went up again.
I have 10 acres of land. Half is worthless wetlands, but they say it is worth $185,580 and the house is now worth $138,700. Total taxes: $4,156.45.
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We need some honest appraisals so people can keep their homes.
Why do we have to support the Port of Olympia with our taxes in these hard times? Commissioners gave the director a raise to $133,259. If it cannot make a profit, shut it down. It’s been a money pit for many years.
Why does an 86-year-old taxpayer have to pay $1,500 in school taxes? This should have been stopped when a senior taxpayer hits age 75.
How many politicians pay $1,000 a month for health insurance? I am not a newcomer like many. I was born here in Thurston County and hate to see it go down hill the way it’s going.