City proposes property tax levy for 2007

ARLINGTON The Arlington City Councils public hearing on the city of Arlingtons proposed 2007 property tax levy inspired a minimum of discussion Nov. 6, paving the way for a majority of the legislative body to set those rates in time to meet their required date of Nov. 30.
Arlington City Administrator Allen Johnson reminded attendees that the request proposes to increase the city of Arlingtons property tax by the maximum 1 percent allowed by state law, with the proposed regular property tax levy of $2,100,395 amounting to an increase of $19,533 from the previous year, and the proposed EMS property tax levy of $841,625 amounting to an increase of $7,788 from the previous year.
Johnson summarized the services funded by property taxes in Arlington as ranging from police, fire and emergency medical response to the maintenance of parks and roads, as well as economic development initiatives, land use permitting and building inspections, financial services and the mayors office.
Of each tax dollar, Johnson explained that 51 percent goes toward public safety, 11 percent funds community and economic development, and 10 percent each is set aside for the citys administration and its streets. Of the remaining 18 percent, 7 percent goes toward finance, 6.5 percent funds parks and libraries, 4 percent supports the citys facilities and 0.5 percent is left over in the ending fund.
For 2006, the total assessed property value of the city of Arlington was $1,558,604,815, which resulted in a property tax collection of $1,937,997. For 2007, Johnson told those assembled at the City Council meeting that the projected assessed property value would total at $1,876,543,989, resulting in a property tax collection of $2,100,395 for the city of Arlington. Of this collection, he calculated that $58,242 is coming from property taxes on new construction, while another $84,623 would draw from annexations.
The property tax rate for 2006 actually shows a slight decrease in the money set aside for general government, from $1.25 currently to a proposed $1.12 in 2007, while the EMS monies also show a marginal decrease, from $0.50 currently to a proposed $0.45 in 2007.
When applied to the cost of a $250,000 home, the 2007 general government rate adds up to $280 in taxes, while the 2007 EMS rate equals a tax of $112.50, totaling up to $392.50 in property taxes for 2007.
As the rate currently stands, Johnson pointed out that Arlington has the seventh-lowest rate in Snohomish County, out of 18 other cities and unincorporated Snohomish County itself.
The Arlington City Council will be requested to adopt resolutions for setting the 2007 property tax levy at its Nov. 20 meeting, so citizens with comments or concerns are strongly encouraged to attend the next public hearing.

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