SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Commissioners announced a plan for a new tax on the ballot this fall. They said it will help pay to clear the land around Fairchild Air Force Base and keep the base open.
The rate would come out to $13 a year for a home worth $200,000 and would run for 9 years.
The plan would be to buy the land near the base made up of 7 mobile home parks. Groups like Catholic Charities are working to move these residents to new homes.
“We wanted to build some housing first and then come in and do the other side but we appreciate what the commissioners have done,” said Catholic Charities Spokesperson, Tobby Hatley.
The County says it would work with the charities to make sure everyone finds a new place to live. They say it’s important to move these people to get them out of an area so close to where planes lands.
“It’s also a matter of public safety because they are in potential crash zone,” said Spokane County Communications Manager, Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter.
The move will help Fairchild look more appealing to the defense department when it comes to future contracts. The county said id will take 2 to 3 years to complete the project and leaders had no other choice but to propose the tax.
Voters will decide if they support this plan in the next general election November 5.