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Should All Pierce County Taxpayers Pay for Flood Issues in the Puyallup Valley?

This week, the Pierce County Council approved a new, countywide property tax to pay for flood prevention projects, mostly in the Puyallup Valley. Do you think it’s fair for all county residents to pay for it?

Starting next year, Pierce County residents in the flood control tax district will pay more annually to support flood projects.

The County Council’s flood control board voted 5-2 Wednesday to approve a property tax of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, which costs the average homeowner about $25 per year. The tax is scheduled to begin in February.

Revenue from the tax will pay for preventative projects, like levee infrastructure. A 10 percent portion will be set aside for stormwater and flood improvements across individual cities and unincorporated areas.

There has been much debate on the issue, as many who live out of the flood zone—on Bonney Lake’s plateau, in Gig Harbor, Lakewood and University Place—don’t believe they should pay for flooding issues in the Puyallup Valley. Supporters of the tax increase argue that flooding in the Valley affects everyone when it comes to trade and commerce, roads and damage control—experts say a major flood in Pierce County could do over $700 million in damage.

Adopting the tax required a five-member majority, and it passed 5-2 with councilman Dan Roach (R-Bonney Lake) and Dick Muri (R-Lakewood) voting no.

Read more about the council debate on this issue in The Tacoma News Tribune.

What do you think? Should all residents pay to protect a portion of Pierce County prone to flooding? Tell us in the comments.

Carla Ritchie November 09, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I would be thrilled to pay yet another tax, if I knew the money would actually go towards dealing with the problem, but it won't - it will just support more wasteful spending and a larger government. Sure, some will get spent in that direction - but not enough of it.
Randy Boss November 10, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Remember - The City of Gig Harbor sued to make sure we in Gig Harbor would be exempt from paying a tax for which we will receive NO BENEFIT! There is only one person to credit for this tax increase on us. That would be our County Council Representative Stan Flemming. He, and he alone, had the opportunity and the ability - right here - right now - to vote NO and defeat this tax. Instead he chose to GET ALONG and throw us under the bus by voting YES! Go ahead and tax my people is not the message we should be sending to the County Council...... Thanks Stan!
Paul Thorpe November 10, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I resent being required to bail out the idiots who build homes and businesses in a flood plain. It should have been left to the farmers. After all, the annual floods made the soil some of the richest in the state.
JAMES rACKLEY November 10, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Flood zones should have to pay an impact fee to build and pay for Flood damage and control. Those of us that did build our houses by a river should not have pay for a dumb decision.
Kate Morgan November 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Anyone who does NOT live in the flood zone should NOT have to pay an annual addition to their property taxes [which are far TOO high as it is] to bail out those who have chosen to live in the flood zone. If you want to live by a river, you pay to live by a river...simple as that! Exactly like transit service...no one should pay for transit service in Pierce County if they have NO transit service anywhere near where they live. Tax those who actually reap the benefits of the taxes which they were implemented for, not those of us who gain NO benefit whatsoever. Further, why should one pay for school levys when they no longer have any children in the school system? I'm all for paying to support what I receive, but NOT for paying for what I do not receive any benefit from. ~Morgaks1
James November 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
There are too many stupid people in this world. People that build houses and businesses where there should be farms. They take the best places for farms like the whole valley where the soil is rich. Put warehouses and business there. Then think the rest of us should have to bail them out. Why don't they build on the hill where its all rocks and farm where the soil is rich. I don't mind paying taxes when its used in the right places for the right reasons. Usually its not. That's why the majority of people think that most politicians are crooks.
hank November 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM
It's been 1 week since we as a Nation, State, and County voted to affirm that a person desire to live life as they want is to be supported and sponsored by the government. Whether it is Gay Marriage, Smoking Pot, Charter Schools or Living by the River. We as a progressive society have agreed to support and pay for these actions. If your home (if your lucky enough to own one) where damaged by a earth quake, you would expect the government to help you out. We are now in the enlightened era where we no longer have be responsible only for our selves but our neighbors too and we do that through government and our tax dollars. I live in the valley and the water problems I have is because of the 410 freeway they built on top of farmland. Removing it would return much needed farm land and end my water problems. The Government can't solve our problems if we don't support it. Paying taxes is patriotic.

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