College Place residents to see sharp tax hike

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COLLEGE PLACE — The cost of the College Place school bond issue will come home to roost this weekend.

Residents who live in the College Place Public School district can expect a sharp rise in their property taxes. Statements should begin showing up in mailboxes Saturday.

Walla Walla County Treasurer Gordon Heimbigner said Wednesday his office is already receiving calls about the increased property taxes from people who have gone online and checked their property tax bills. Real and property tax statements will be mailed out Friday, followed by irrigation and stormwater statements on Tuesday. Mortgage statements will go out a week from tomorrow.

The bond issue was approved by voters last April. It will provide $38.5 million to help build a new elementary school and convert Meadowbrook and Sager schools to serve sixth through 12th grades. Another $10.8 million will come from the state.

But the success of the measure means that property owners will pay an additional $2.70 per $1,000 assessed valuation. On a house valued at $200,000, that’s about a $550 per year raise in property taxes, said Debra Antes, Walla Walla County Assessor.

A smaller increase will be due to successful passage of a bond issue for the College Avenue-Rose Street Reconstruction Project, “but the majority of the increase was the school bond,” Antes said.

Heimbigner said a major change this year is only one statement will be mailed out, with each statement containing two coupons. People will need to remember to hand onto the second coupon if they are making two payments, he said.

Budget constraints are the reason for the single mailing, Heimbigner said. “We save $7,000 a year by going to one mailing,” he said.

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