MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Commissioners yesterday adopted a few new levies for next year, and these already have your approval, again. In fact if you've paid on a levy in the past 12 months, and someone in your district contested their taxes, odds are good that you might see a few of these new levies next year.
Signed into law this summer, Substitute Senate Bill 5705 allows a taxing district the authority to recover portions of levies that were reduced over the previous 12 months. The commissioners yesterday approved two of three relevies, totaling almost $80,000 between the General, and Veteran Relief Funds, a relevy for the Road Fund for nearly $20,000 was tabled until the next meeting.
Monty Cobb, Policy Director with the Washington Association of County Officials explained earlier this year "What it boiled down to be is if Monty pays his taxes, and on April second I win my appeal and my taxes get reduced. The treasurer will refund a portion of my taxes, and what a local taxing district would have got from me they can add back on to their levy and be made whole the next year.
Cobb said that due to the wording of the law, if you hadn't paid those taxes before they were modified, the taxing districts would lose out on the difference. As taxing authorities countywide adopt these re-levies, we will all pick up the tab to recoup that difference.