Olympia property tax levy proposal dropped
OLYMPIA, Washington: Olympia Mayor Doug Mah announced on July 1, 2009 that he was discontinuing his proposal for the $33 million property tax levy that would have been used to buy an isthmus park and rebuild Percival Landing, a park located in Olympia city limits.
In an interview, Mah stated that there were three reasons for his decision to drop the proposed ballot measure: too much uncertainty in the economy, unanswered questions about partnerships that could bring more money for the work, and lack of support from advocates for an isthmus park.
“I think it was the right property, the right vision, the right compromise for the area, but occurring at the wrong time,” he said.
The proposal would cost the owner of a $250,000 home about $105 per year for the 20-year period. After that, the tax would expire.