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Welcome to Day 44 of what is looking to be a true 60 day Legislative Session. A few updates for you all this afternoon:
-The House and the Senate have both released their budgets. Both budgets propose decreases in Property Tax. The Senate gets there by tapping the reserve fund- a vote that would require a 60% majority to get to. The House does it by enacting a Capital Gains Tax. The House Cap Gains proposal has gotten better over the years in its approach to Real Estate. The proposal they voted out of the fiscal committee yesterday exempts all single family residential regardless of the residency status (Primary, secondary, investment etc) and exempts multifamily buildings of 4 units or less. It would still apply to commercial properties and multi-family sales of greater than four units. We will continue to work on this issue. Keep in mind that the Senate Majority Leader has repeatedly said that there are not enough votes in her caucus to pass Cap Gains. Other than the Capital Gains Tax proposal and the Carbon Tax proposal which the Senate should pass in the next week or so, no other significant tax bills are alive at this point, but we will continue to be vigilant.
-As you know, unfortunately our condo bill is dead for this session. Several members and staff had a very interesting dinner with Speaker Chopp last night. Speaker Chopp told us that some sort of reform to get affordable condos built again is an issue he would like to work with us on in the interim. He was very serious about it and recognized the “missing middle” (his words) in the housing market right now. We will take him up on that offer once this session is over.
-It appears as though the Senate will run a proclamation recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act next Monday (Feb. 26th) in the afternoon. If you are interested in coming to Olympia to be a part of that, please let us know. We are also talking to the Governor’s office about doing something similar in April (Fair Housing Month) so stay tuned for that.
Attendees President Jacob Davis, VP Mark Blehm and GA Committee members Krista Gross and Tammy Lewis met with Senator Schoesler and Congressman Schmick. They were assured that the Hirst Fix it wasn’t perfect but it would happen. The Governor signed the bill.
The email for the Association has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org effective immediately.
The old email was shut off because it had been hacked and was being used to distribute spam.
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Apple recently released operating system iOS 11.1 for iPhones and iPads. We completed testing of the new iOS with the eKEY app and are happy to announce there are no issues.
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It’s September and time for our annual Food Drive!
This year we will support the new Elementary School Pantry Program. Linhda Sagen talked with our membership on September 5th about how this new program got started and what it is doing to improve the lives of children in our community and helping children succeed in school.
The program is available to all elementary age students, all they have to do is sign up. Then the school provides snacks for the child and their siblings for the weekend.
For this food drive we will accept money or food (or both!). Make checks out to the “Elementary School Pantry Program”.
The food item list is:
o Granola Bars (High Protein, High Fiber and Low Sugar Preferred)
o Fresh Fruits and/or Fruit Cups (i.e. Applesauce)
o String Cheese/Yogurt
o Nuts & Seeds
They are trying to keep this to low sugar and high protein. Each child will go home with a snack for Saturday and another for Sunday for themselves and their younger siblings. They hope to take this program to the middle school soon.
The teachers also have access to the supplies for those instances when a child missed breakfast. Let’s help our community children succeed in school through this program!
More information will be provided by the Member Services Committee. The Food Drive will finalize at the Oct 3rd lunch & learn. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s Food Drive!
October update: This was run as a competition between the Realtors and Affiliates to see who could bring in the most to benefit the school snack program. The Realtors won! Realtors brought in $680 and the Affiliates brought in $190 for a total of $870 plus some boxes and bags of food. Thank you all for your donations, the school snack program really appreciated your efforts. :o)