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Floods will find us

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Tuesday the Chelan County commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider a tax, specifically a 7-cent-per-thousand countywide property tax for flood control.

This is not a county commission known to take tax hikes lightly, even small ones, but this one in particular is timely and sensible. We live in a dry region that nevertheless is prone to the occasional catastrophic flood. Repairing the damage is a significant county expense, last year alone over $500,000. The proposed tax will raise $600,000 a year, and leverage far more in grants.

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