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July 6, 2008 1:01 AM

How high the stack?

Posted by Jim Vesely

Each year at the approach of election season, we try to measure the height of the tax stack. That is the total amount of tax placed on your home, your car, a dinner out, or the simple act of living here. The tax stack is elusive because there are so many overlapping levels of government. And each year there is either a renewal of a previous tax or creation of new taxing districts.

This past tax cycle, King County created two, new taxing districts: one for a county-run ferry system and one expanding flood levy districts to include the whole county.

How high is your tax stack? You can help us by blogging here about the tax cycle -- too high, too low, just about right? Click below for a Q&A podcast about this column:

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