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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Meghan Porter, Public Information Supervisor, 360-867-2097, or email meghan.porter@co.thurston.wa.us  

Commissioners Set Public Hearing to Provide Comments on Updates to the Ordinance on the Proposition to Levy Regular Property Taxes
Hearing is set for October 22 at 5:30 p.m.

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on October 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. to receive public comment on an ordinance on regular property taxes. This ordinance provides for a special election to be held on April 28, 2020 on a proposition authorizing the County to levy regular property taxes, exempting qualified seniors, disabled and veterans, and set forth the text of the ballot proposition. 

This is an update to the ordinance passed on April 30, 2019 for the ballot proposition on the Courthouse and Administrative Buildings project. The Commissioners have revamped the ordinance to make the process clearer and add an exemption for seniors, veterans, and disabled citizens, based on the Thurston County Assessor’s property tax exemption rules.  

What: Public Hearing – Proposed Updates to the Ordinance on the Proposition to Levy Regular Property Taxes
When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW, Olympia

Commission Chair John Hutchings said, “For the sake of transparency, we are going to provide the public with another opportunity to respond to the proposed ordinance. This isn’t a retreat or retraction of the intent of the ordinance, this is just an opportunity to clarify and enhance the ordinance.” 

Written Comments: If unable to attend, written or e-mailed comments may be submitted to Ramiro Chavez, County Manager, at (360)709-3063, or by email at Ramiro.Chavez@co.thurston.wa.us. Comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 22, 2019. 

The public may provide comments in person during the public meeting or submit them, in writing, to:
Thurston County Board of County Commissioners
Attn: Ramiro Chavez, County Manager
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 

Disabilities Accommodations: Room 152 is equipped with an assistive listening system and is wheelchair accessible. To request disability accommodations, call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at (360)786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay:  711 or 800-833-6388.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3