08. February 2024 · Comments Off on 8th LD News Conference SB 5770, February 8, 2024 · Categories: Announcements, Committee News, Recent Events

Dear friends and neighbors, 

The worst bill before the Legislature this year is Senate Bill 5770, which will triple the allowable annual growth rate of your local property taxes. This means local governments would be able to increase your property taxes by up to 3% WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL. This will cost hardworking taxpayers $6 billion over 12 years and would compound from there.

You, me, and the citizens of Washington State know that we are in an affordable housing crisis and this legislation will only exacerbate it.  It needs to be clear, should the majority party pass this legislation, your property taxes will increase, your rents for both homes and apartments will rise.  Food, fuel, and housing are already expensive enough, this is the wrong policy at absolutely the worst time.

The members of the Senate Republican Caucus strongly oppose SB 5770.

More than 9,300 people signed in to testify on SB 5770 when it was heard in committee. More than 92% OPPOSED increasing their property taxes.

Senate Democrats plan to run the bill on the Senate floor later in the day.

We will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Senate Rules Room on the 2nd floor of the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

You are invited to attend and join us in opposing the bill. The people deserve to be heard.

You can also watch it live on our Facebook and X accounts. @WashingtonSRC


Sen. Matt Boehnke