Kittitas County bans local income tax

Becomes eighth Washington county in opposition

Addie Adkins, Assistant Copy Editor

Kittitas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday approving a resolution which opposes implementing a local income tax, according to a press release.

The press release states this sends “a clear and consistent message to Washington State lawmakers and the Governor that imposing such a tax in Kittitas County would be harmful to both residents and the economy.”

In 2019, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I ruled in Kunath v. City of Seattle that an income tax imposed was unconstitutional and invalid when selectively applied after the City of Seattle attempted to establish a 2.25% tax on individuals earning more that $250,000 or couples earning more than $500,000 within its municipal boundaries, according to the release.

The Washington State Supreme Court denied the ruling stands at this time, leaving concerns and causing Kittitas County and 23 other local governments to enact a ban ahead of a possible flat 1% income tax.

Commissioner Cory Wright said, “I am proud we are joining other local governments around this state to send a clear message that an income tax is not the answer and will on penalize Washington taxpayers and businesses,” according to the release.