I ask everyone to send emails to all 147 legislators (I made it easy): “Don’t Take Away the 1% Property Tax Cap. I STRONGLY OPPOSE Senate Bill 5770.” 

Fri, Jan 12, 2024

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state
(cc’d to the media, house & senate members, and Governor, and other candidates for office)

From: Tim Eyman
Fighting for Taxpayers for 27 years

PROPERTY taxes don’t increase as fast as they used to.

Most people think that’s a good thing. But a lot of powerful governments, lobbyists, and special interest groups see that as a problem. So they’re in Olympia right now trying to convince the Legislature to make it easier for state and local governments to jack up property taxes without a vote of the people.

Some background: In the 1990s, each government could increase property taxes up to 6% a year. State government raised property taxes 6 percent annually, so did counties, cities, ports, and fire and library districts. All those 6% increases compounded year after year, and property taxes skyrocketed.

And taxpayers suffered.

So we sponsored Initiative 747 in 2001, which limited each government’s regular property-tax levy to 1% a year — the only way to increase it more was by asking voters’ permission. And even though we were radically outspent by a well-organized opposition, voters in 37 of 39 counties approved the initiative with a whopping 58% yes vote. It was a huge victory for taxpayers.

Six years later, in a goofy 5-4 ruling, the state Supreme Court said voters were “misled” into voting for the initiative and struck it down.

Democrat Governor Chris Gregoire immediately called a special session and one month later the Democrat-dominated Legislature reinstated the 1% limit. A look back shows that 91% of House members (86-8) and 81% of state senators (39-9) voted yes.

And our Democrat governor signed it into law.

“As I did my town hall meetings around the state, I heard loud and clear from folks whose income has remained the same while the value of their home has skyrocketed. So even with the 1%, they fear they’re going to be taxed out of their home. And they talked eloquently and passionately about the American Dream and is it slipping away in America. And I said to them that we will do what we could to ensure in WA state the American Dream is alive and well, you can own your own home and stay in your own home and raise your family and retire. I want to thank you for giving some hope to these people that despite their incomes remaining the same, the skyrocketing price of houses, that in fact you were gonna make sure that they could not be taxed out of their homes. So thank you very much, I appreciate it. With that, I will sign the bill.”

I highlight this history because there’s a full-court press in Olympia to overturn this important protection this session. There’s a 4:00pm hearing next Thurs, Jan 18 in the Ways & Means committee on Senate Bill 5770 that takes away the cap on property tax increases.

The Legislature shouldn’t take away this critical protection from the people.

First off, all the arguments now being made against the 1% cap were made during the 2001 campaign, and voters rejected those arguments and approved the initiative by a massive margin.

And those same arguments were made again during the 2007 special session and the Democrat-controlled House, Senate and governor’s office rejected them and reinstated the protection by an even wider margin.

There’s been an overwhelming vote of the people and even a broader legislative vote to make the 1% cap the law.

It’s important to know that governments get property taxes from multiple sources. Every year, they get property tax revenue, as well as tax dollars from new construction, improvements, annexations, real estate excise taxes, property valuation increases and voter-approved levies. When added together, property taxes to government consistently rise faster than inflation.

But even that isn’t the whole story.

Governments get revenue not just from property taxes, but from many other taxes and fees as well. The fact is governments are taking plenty of money away from the taxpayers.

And if they want more, all they have to do is ask the voters’ permission.

Democrats want to go back to the “good old days” when state and local governments could jack up property taxes as much as they wanted without voter approval. That would be horrible for taxpayers.

But it’d be even worse for governments. Why?

The 1% cap is a gift compared to what the taxpayers really want — across-the-board property-tax reductions.

Property taxes continue to be a huge burden for struggling working families. Take away the 1%, and property taxes would skyrocket. And if that happens, governments would inevitably face a rebellious electorate eager to support an initiative like California’s Proposition 13 that cut and capped property taxes. Governments should consider themselves lucky that the 1% cap is in place.

The 1% limit has protected taxpayers for 22 years. It continues to have broad public support. Olympia shouldn’t take it away.

I urge everyone to email all 147 legislators. I make it really easy.

Send 2 separate emails: one to Senate and one to the House.

Copy and paste into the Subject line:

Don’t hurt working families and senior citizens by taking away the 1% property tax cap. OPPOSE Senate Bill 5770 and any bills like it.

SENATORS: Copy and paste into the “To:” line:


HOUSE MEMBERS: Copy & paste into the “To” line: 

peter.abbarno@leg.wa.govemily.alvarado@leg.wa.govandrew.barkis@leg.wa.govstephanie.barnard@leg.wa.govjessica.bateman@leg.wa.govapril.berg@leg.wa.govsteve.bergquist@leg.wa.govliz.berry@leg.wa.govdan.bronoske@leg.wa.govmichelle.caldier@leg.wa.govlisa.callan@leg.wa.govkelly.chambers@leg.wa.govbruce.chandler@leg.wa.govmike.chapman@leg.wa.gov; greg.cheney@leg.wa.gov; frank.chopp@leg.wa.govleonard.christian@leg.wa.govapril.connors@leg.wa.govchris.corry@leg.wa.govjulio.cortes@leg.wa.govtravis.couture@leg.wa.govlauren.davis@leg.wa.govtom.dent@leg.wa.govbeth.doglio@leg.wa.govbrandy.donaghy@leg.wa.govdavina.duerr@leg.wa.govmary.dye@leg.wa.govdebra.entenman@leg.wa.govcarolyn.eslick@leg.wa.govdarya.farivar@leg.wa.govjake.fey@leg.wa.govjoe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.govmary.fosse@leg.wa.govkeith.goehner@leg.wa.gov; roger.goodman@leg.wa.govjenny.graham@leg.wa.govmia.gregerson@leg.wa.govdan.griffey@leg.wa.govdavid.hackney@leg.wa.govpaul.harris@leg.wa.govspencer.hutchins@leg.wa.govcyndy.jacobsen@leg.wa.govlaurie.jinkins@leg.wa.govmark.klicker@leg.wa.govshelley.kloba@leg.wa.govjoel.kretz@leg.wa.govmari.leavitt@leg.wa.govdebra.lekanoff@leg.wa.govsam.low@leg.wa.govnicole.macri@leg.wa.govjacquelin.maycumber@leg.wa.gov; stephanie.mcclintock@leg.wa.govjoel.mcentire@leg.wa.govsharlett.mena@leg.wa.govmelanie.morgan@leg.wa.govgina.mosbrucker@leg.wa.govgreg.nance@leg.wa.goved.orcutt@leg.wa.govtimm.ormsby@leg.wa.govlillian.ortiz-self@leg.wa.govtina.orwall@leg.wa.govdave.paul@leg.wa.govstrom.peterson@leg.wa.govgerry.pollet@leg.wa.govalex.ramel@leg.wa.govbill.ramos@leg.wa.govjulia.reed@leg.wa.govkristine.reeves@leg.wa.govmarcus.riccelli@leg.wa.goveric.robertson@leg.wa.govskyler.rude@leg.wa.govalicia.rule@leg.wa.govcindy.ryu@leg.wa.govbryan.sandlin@leg.wa.gov; sharontomiko.santos@leg.wa.gov; joe.schmick@leg.wa.govsuzanne.schmidt@leg.wa.govtana.senn@leg.wa.govclyde.shavers@leg.wa.govtarra.simmons@leg.wa.govvandana.slatter@leg.wa.govlarry.springer@leg.wa.govchris.stearns@leg.wa.govmike.steele@leg.wa.govdrew.stokesbary@leg.wa.govmonica.stonier@leg.wa.govchipalo.street@leg.wa.govjamila.taylor@leg.wa.govmy-linh.thai@leg.wa.govsteve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov;  joe.timmons@leg.wa.govmike.volz@leg.wa.govamy.walen@leg.wa.govjim.walsh@leg.wa.govkevin.waters@leg.wa.govjt.wilcox@leg.wa.govsharon.wylie@leg.wa.govalex.ybarra@leg.wa.govtimdeyman@gmail.com

Copy & Paste this into the body of the email (or write something on your own — tell ’em how this makes you feel):

Don’t hurt working families and senior citizens by taking away the 1% property tax cap. Even with the cap, property taxes are still a huge burden. Taking it away will make property taxes skyrocket even more. And if governments want more money, this law simply requires them to ask the voters’ permission. The people overwhelmingly passed this protection and legislators and Gov. Gregoire overwhelmingly passed it too. For 22 years, taxpayers have counted on this protection. Don’t take it away. OPPOSE SB 5770 and any bills like it.

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