Seattle/King County Board of Health has promoted and proposed a “fee” for each citizen who must use an Onsite Sewer System (OSS), what most of us call a septic system. This fee would be collected each year in the property tax bill which actually seems much more a tax than a fee. Exactly how the money the county would collect would be used is not specified; some documents state it would be a way to pool money for low cost loans should a person need to replace a failing system, while other documents discuss paying for additional staff for monitoring of OSS in King County. This disingenuous scheme is the brainchild of Puget Sound Partnership as can be seen in the Final Funding Strategy Report Volume 1 – Findings and Recommendations Sept. 9th, 2014 https://app.box.com/s/ze3m4zgmsbmu3vfhk0cy at the bottom of this page.http://www.psp.wa.gov/action_agenda_strategic_initiatives.php
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Proving once again, that the future belongs to those who show up, over 600 angry residents confronted King County’s Health Department staff at the final of four public hearings scheduled in the rural part of King County. This final hearing was organized in Fall City. The Citizens Alliance for Property Rights had reached out to many local members and rural residents who attended with a purpose. King County formally announced the county was dumping the Turd Tax for now (also called a “Septic Fee”). King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert also indicated that they were planning to lobby the Washington State Legislature to change the poorly written laws that created the excuse for King County staff to invent this Turd Tax in the first place. Read the full article here.