Multiple Mayors Get Vocal on County Levy Shift

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Commissioners on Tuesday heard from several mayors who oppose consideration of a road levy shift for the 2013 budget that would again this year shift $750-thousand from the county’s road fund into their general fund “As commissioners you may not fully understand this, but it is based on the fact that the county road district is much smaller than the entire county district. Owners of real property in incorporated cities are now being forced to pay over $400,000 in additional taxes for absolutely no increase, change or improvement in service levels.”
Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines read a statement on behalf of at least 9 city mayors who oppose the move “It is also important to note: the owners of real property in the nine incorporated cities of Grays Harbor (Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville, Ocean Shores and Westport) now pay over half of Grays Harbor County’s General Levy. Again – the municipalities, despite having their own police forces, courts, treasurers, prosecutors, building departments, parks departments and legislative bodies pay over half of the General Levy for Grays Harbor County.”
Commissioners took no action during the hearing on the 2013 property tax levy Tuesday afternoon.