December 06, 2011
The state House is moving ahead with a plan to pull a Wenatchee-area agency from
default and seize tax dollars if local jurisdictions fail to repay the dues.
vote on Monday came after lawmakers approved an amendment that would require a public vote on any tax increases in
the local jurisdictions.
Republican Rep. Mike Armstrong of Wenatchee says it will be
difficult for local officials to secure voter approval of the taxes, and he believes the terms of the rescue plan
are too onerous. Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter says the plan makes it clear to bond markets that officials will make
good on debts.
State leaders have feared that the default would make it more difficult for
local governments in Washington to borrow money.