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New law expands property tax exemption

by Staff report
| March 22, 2024 1:00 AM

OLYMPIA — Property tax regulations will be changed to extend the exemptions for qualifying seniors and disabled homeowners under the provisions of a bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this week.

House Bill 2375 extends the exemption to qualifying property owners who have a detached accessory dwelling unit on their land. It was sponsored by Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden. 

“This makes the exemption issue more uniform,” Goehner said. “Attached ADUs already receive a property tax exemption.”

A press release from the Washington House Republicans said a constituent talked to Goehner about the issue. The constituent was on a fixed income and was providing housing to a relative who was on a limited income, the press release said.

“Many of the best ideas for legislation come from our constituency,” Goehner said. 

“Washington state has an affordable housing issue. This new law increases options for those who may be struggling to find affordable housing. It is important to note it does not affect property taxes,” Goehner said. 

The bill goes into effect June 6, 90 days from the adjournment of the 2024 legislative session.