Thursday, May 23, 2024

Governor signs bill expanding property tax exemption for seniors and disabled

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OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2375 into law on Friday, expanding a property tax exemption to senior citizens and disabled individuals living in detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The legislation, introduced by Representative Keith Goehner (R-Dryden), aims to increase affordable housing options for vulnerable populations in Washington.

Under the new law, qualified seniors and disabled persons residing in detached ADUs will now be eligible for the same property tax exemption previously available only to those living in attached ADUs or the primary residence.

"Washington state has an affordable housing issue. This new law increases housing options for those who may be struggling to find affordable housing," said Rep. Goehner. "It is important to note it does not affect property taxes. This also makes the exemption policy more uniform. Attached ADUs already receive a property tax exemption."

The bill was inspired by one of Goehner's constituents, who is on a fixed income and providing housing to a relative with limited financial means. Goehner emphasized the importance of acting on such proposals from constituents to address pressing issues like the state's housing crisis.

"Many of the best ideas for legislation come from our constituency," he stated. "I am pleased the Legislature took action and is giving those who may be struggling with finances or housing costs some additional options. If we have the opportunity to provide more affordable housing for low-income individuals, we need to take action given our state's housing crisis."

The property tax exemption expansion under House Bill 2375 will take effect on June 6, 2024, 90 days after the legislative session adjourned.

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