Sammamish’s Tax Day of Reckoning has arrived

The Tax Day of Reckoning for Sammamish has arrived.

The City Council tonight may decide whether to adopt a 1% property tax hike, something Councils have avoided for the past eight years.

It could even decide to recapture the eight years of deferrals, or an 8% increase in property taxes, but this is unlikely.

Council Member Don Gerend also suggested the possibility of a utility tax during a study session last night.

Council Member Kathy Huckabay suggested a Transportation Benefit District tax dedicated only to road projects.

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Mixed results for Sammamish in resident survey

Sammamish residents overwhelmingly like living here, say it’s a good place to raise children and provides good customer service.

But only 46% believe the City is going in the “right direction,” only 58% have confidence in the City government, just 55% believe the City government is acting in the best interests of the City and 65% say that City is being honest.

These mixed results come from a periodic survey Sammamish does, this one from the National Research Center in Boulder (CO) and ICMA in Washington (DC). The survey was conducted last year and released in March.

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