I’m surprised that the Daily News actually ran such an article. Their editorial board has never met a tax they didn’t endorse.
Moscow residents already pay more in property taxes than those living in cities like Pullman and Boise, and those tax bills will only get more expensive if voters approve a $9.64 million general obligation bond to help fund a new police station in May.
With an assessed home valuation of $200,000 and a $100,000 taxable valuation after deducting the $100,000 state homeowner’s exemption, a Moscow homeowner would have paid $1,720.74 in property taxes in 2018, according to the Latah County Assessor’s Office.
If voters pass the bond, that payment will grow by $84.75 annually during the 10-year bond.
With a $100,000 taxable valuation of a home in the 83706 zip code, or generally west and south of downtown Boise, a homeowner would have paid $1,518.27 in 2018, according to the Ada County Assessor’s Office. A Pullman property owner would have forked over about $1,450, according to the Whitman County Assessor’s Office, while in Lewiston a property owner would have paid $2,185.21 last year — $464.47 more than Moscow residents — according to the Nez Perce County Assessor’s Office.