Rep. Kretz Gives Hirst Update Pt 1
JOEL KRETZ ... "The Hirst decision, to me, is the worst thing to hit rural Washington as long as I've been around. It will absolutely stop any kind of development. I'm hearing from lots of people that have 5, 10, 20 acres that they were just getting ready to build a house or retirement cabin, that sort of thing, and now they don't have the ability to get an exempt well, and with no water it's worthless."
7th District Representative Joel Kretz says they're trying to educate urban legislators that this problem will impact property values for everybody, not just the rural landowners ...
JOEL KRETZ ... "And as those hit the market and are sold at a lower value, then their tax evaluations will come down and the taxes don't go away. It's going to be a big tax-shift to the urban areas. Anybody with water will see their taxes go up and go up hard. So, a lot of it's just education on the more urban legislators that, this isn't just our problem, this is everybody's problem and we've got to get it fixed."
Kretz says failure to overturn this decision could haunt rural communities for decades.
He says there are a couple of bills that could help ease or overturn the Hirst decision, but there's still a lot of work yet to be done.
We'll have more on those efforts tomorrow.