A third Washington city bans local income taxes

Dec 18, 2019
Written by wpengine

The City of Granger in south-central Washington recently became the third community statewide to ban local income taxes.

Granger joins Spokane and Spokane Valley in acting this year to ward off the possibility of an income tax, which currently is banned statewide. However, a proposed Seattle income tax on wealthy residents is currently under appeal to the State Supreme Court.

Last July, a state Court of Appeals overturned the state law banning a local income tax.

This update comes courtesy of The Washington Policy Institute blog authored by Jason Mercier, Director of its Center for Government Reform. In it he notes that Washington voters repeatedly have turned down income tax proposals while the State Department of Commerce considers the lack of an income tax as a competitive advantage in recruiting companies and talent to the state.