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League of Women Voters Forum


Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County for hosting the election forum Saturday, September 28. These events are an invaluable community service. For those interested, the event will be re-broadcast on BTV Ch10 or can be viewed online now by clicking the link button below.

Thank you also to friends and supporters for your positive feedback. For anyone interested in the Whatcom County Assessor's race, please take a moment to learn more about your candidates by following the link below.

Clarification: My reference to recent legislation cited an incorrect bill number. ESSB 5160 expands access to seniors, disabled persons and veterans tax relief; whereas ESSHB 1105 provides limited relief in foreclosure situations, but has the assessor using the same residency and income qualification screening as in ESSB 5160.

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John Romaker recently had the honor of witnessing Governor Inslee sign into law sweeping changes to existing legislation to expand access to tax relief measures for thousands more seniors, disabled persons and veterans. Assessors statewide joined together to shepherd statutory changes to adjust income limits for qualifying for tax relief. Median income and inflation, by county, will be factors used to recalibrate income thresholds to better track with local economic conditions. Plus, eligibility for veterans with service-connected disabilities has been expanded. The bill also provides for future online filing options for program participants.