When money is tight, does it pay to think only of yourself?

Opinion by Marianne Lincoln At the kitchen table and over the backyard fence, we all have opinions about what schools should be doing, not doing, spending, not spending, who should be disciplined and who should get a chance to excel. Public school districts have an enormous number of laws and regulations to follow. State Auditors…

Watch for your new 2021 tax assessment

PIERCE COUNTY — 2021 sees moderate increases in property taxes While real estate values continue to surge in Pierce County, statutory limits on property tax rates are holding tax increases to modest levels this year.  “For the past three years, tax bills fluctuated due to the McCleary court decision on school funding,” Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan…

Property taxes and growing pains

Opinion: Marianne Lincoln, Editor Growing pains? Prosperity attracts people. People create need for more housing. More housing creates a need for more roads, buses, fire protection, policing, parks, libraries, sewer extensions, and more. The people that say, “If you build they will come,” are completely missing the boat. Frederickson was barely a few houses surrounded…

School funding increases Pierce County property taxes

[Editor Note: I have looked on line at the 2020 tax rates for Spanaway and they are not yet posted for comparison.] [UPDATE 2-4-2020: Tax rates for 2020 are now available online and posted for Spanaway, Parkland and Frederickson below] PIERCE COUNTY ASSESSOR — There’s no sugar-coating it, property tax bills will be bigger this…