Grays Harbor gets ready to levy the relevy, these levies come pre-approved

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.

Montesano, other cities, looking to recoup lost levy dollars

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Montesano city council tonight will discuss a new levy, this one already has your approval. Signed into law this summer, Substitute Senate Bill 5705 allows a taxing district the authority to recover portions of their levy that were reduced over the previous 12 months.
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.
In Cosmopolis, Finance Director Kathy Welch said three separate levies are worth about $40-thousand more, thanks to a change in the value of Cosmo Specialty Fibers “It used to be that you were just ‘out’ and you couldn’t go back for those taxes.
Welch said countywide there is about $500-thousand that could be recovered, however the decision will be up to each taxing authority.

Statewide Medicine Take-Back Bill Fails to Pass State Senate

Olympia, WA – On Monday March 7, the Washington State Senate failed to vote on and pass Substitute Senate Bill 5234, the Secure Medicine Take-Back Bill. The proposed legislation would have required drug manufacturers selling medicines in Washington state to provide and finance a secure take-back and disposal program for left-over or expired medicines from residents. Over 140 organizations statewide supported the proposed legislation, including sheriffs, public health leaders, substance abuse professionals, and water quality experts.

“While many Senators were strongly in favor of this bill, pressure from the pharmaceutical industry managed to derail a good piece of legislation that would help protect our families and the environment from left-over medicines. It’s unfortunate that common sense and innovation were left on the sidelines in favor of backroom politics. Washington desperately needs a secure system to safely dispose of leftover medicines from homes without hurting the environment. It’s time to put our families first, not the pharmaceutical companies,” said Karen Bowman, RN, Washington State Nurses Association.