Pullman property tax measures appear on August ballot

PULLMAN, WA - Pullman residents will soon have a chance to vote on a set of property tax increases that would ease the city's financial strains.

Tuesday night, the city council agreed to put three measures on the August sixth ballot. Pullman City Supervisor Mark Workman said that Washington's Initiative 747 has put a strain on the budget because it only allows the city to increase property taxes to 1% annually.

"One of the intentions of the proponents of Initiative 747 was to force municipalities to go back to the votes periodically to reaffirm service levels and reset property taxes," said Workman.

One ballot measure would increase property taxes by 65-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That money would increase the city's general fund revenue by about $887,000. The other two measures would each raise property taxes another nine-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That money would fund emergency medical services and parks and recreation.