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Several commenters clearly do not understand the nature of property taxes in Washington State.

My total property tax is $7,152.

But, most of this goes to the State, School District, County, Port, Library, and Metropolitan Park District. Only $1,397 goes to the City of Olympia. That's the basis of the analysis in this news story.

Yes, the RFA SHOULD be able to REDUCE taxes, by consolidating the districts, improving efficiency, adding economies of scale in things like fire equipment maintenance, and having only one Executive structure. So I will be very skeptical of any proposal that raises, rather than lowers taxes.

But people should understand that only about 20% of their property tax bill goes to the City.

From: New 'Fire Benefit Charge' would rate properties - and annual charges - according to size, use

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