Civil lawsuit: Spokane Co. wrongfully taxed for noxious weed control

Civil lawsuit: Spokane Co. wrongfully taxed for noxious weed control

Civil lawsuit: Spokane Co. wrongfully taxed for noxious weed control

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 10:08 AM

 SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Residents of Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley are suing Spokane County after they were wrongly taxed to pay for control of noxious weeds.

They filed a civil lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court seeking full refunds. The plaintiffs include the mayor of Liberty Lake, Steve Peterson.

A media source says property owners in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake were improperly taxed more than $1 million over the past decade for noxious weed enforcement.

Spokane County Risk Manager Steve Bartel said Friday that an outside attorney will review the suit.

The problem was discovered in 2013. Spokane Valley property owners have been improperly assessed about $95,000 a year, while the amount assessed on Liberty Lake parcels has been about $9,000 a year.

 

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