The legislature is in its fourth week of meeting in Olympia, and every city has its wish list of items it would like to see from the lawmakers. Not a surprise that the city of Chelan has its own wish list, and on KOZI Wednesday morning Mayor Bob Goedde said what he'd like to see come out of Olympia this session:
Property taxes were also discussed, particularly the state's restriction that cities can only raise property taxes one percent, which Councilman John Olson said puts small cities in a difficult situation when construction and other costs are going up five to eight percent, and the city can only raise taxes one percent. Mayor Goedde says it's something the legislature is going to have to deal with:
Next Tuesday, there's a city council workshop, part of which will deal with the Tax Increment Financing Plan, which is a state law that allows local jurisdictions to use future tax revenues for building infrastructure, something that will particularly have an impact on the east side of Chelan.