Harmsworth’s Sound Transit 3 property tax relief bill moving forward

Proposed legislation that would help property owners who were not allowed to vote on Sound Transit 3, but are now being forced to pay increased property taxes for the massive $54 billion project, was placed on third reading in the House Rules Committee today by Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle.

House Bill 1958, sponsored by Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek, was approved by the House Transportation Committee in February. By being placed on third reading, the bill could be voted on by the full chamber as soon as tomorrow.

“This is an issue that absolutely has to be fixed,” said Harmsworth. “It’s about tax fairness for those that did not get to vote on Sound Transit 3. Why should they have to pay for something they didn’t even get to vote on? I’m pleased to see Speaker Chopp pull this bill from Rules, as he promised. Now, we can move forward and fix this for those people who did not get to vote on the project and are being told they have to pay the taxes.”


Washington State House Republican Communications