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  1. I’m glad to see that the Sun is often including in their news reports the amount of the annual increases in the levies, rather than repeating the inaccurate and misleading “1 percent” bit.

    It is important to know, for example, that Port Orchard’s property tax revenue increase in 2008 will be (assuming your figure is correct) 6.2 percent. When the question arises whether the annual increase is big enough, it is not possible to give an honest answer without knowing that it is 6.2 percent in the coming year, not 1 percent.

    Is Tompkins new in Port Orchard? “I can’t see that anyone would ever do that to their constituents,” Tompkins said.

    Take a look at what Port Orchard did to take advantage of the city’s merger into the SK fire district. That wasn’t even “banked” levy capacity that the city used in raising the levy by large amounts. The city’s levy lid stayed at what it had been before the cost of fire protection began to be paid directly to the fire district by the city residents — and so the city went right back up to that lid even though it was no longer using part of that revenue to pay for fire protection services. (But, then, no one in Port Orchard apparently noticed, so I guess it doesn’t really matter, does it?)

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