OLYMPIA — Regional elected officials and housing advocates testified in support of broadening the use of the rural counties’ public facilities tax to include affordable housing during a Senate hearing Wednesday morning.


Sen. Brad Hawkins

The proposal by Sen. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee) is the second attempt to add affordable housing as an acceptable use of the tax funds. The first, SB 5513, would have allowed up to one-third of lodging taxes to be used on affordable housing.

How to contact your local legislator

Mitchell Roland: (509) 661-5201

roland@wenatcheeworld.com or

on Twitter @roland_mitchell

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