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Lovelett bill adds funding options for affordable housing

Lovelett bill adds funding options for affordable housing

Sen. Liz Lovelett (D- Anacortes) has pre-filed a bill which would provide local governments the option to fund affordable housing and social service programs through a special excise tax on internet-based, short-term vacation rentals.

The bill allows government bodies of towns, cities, or counties to opt in with a simple majority vote of their council. Local jurisdictions are granted authority to set the percentage of the tax should they choose to adopt it, with a cap of up to 10% applied to bookings made on vacation rental websites.

Washington state has seen a significant increase in people experiencing homelessness and a housing affordability crisis in recent years, even prior to the outbreak ...

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About Sen. Lovelett

As a fifth generation Anacortes resident, Liz is rooted and invested in the 40th District. She has served as a community leader, championing affordable housing, water management, school construction, oil train safety, and improving lives for people in her community. She has served Anacortes as a city council member, and regionally as a board member for several organizations.

Liz is a mother, sister, and daughter of Anacortes residents. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, studying politics, environmental science and public health. She has been a small business owner and operator, and is a proud homeowner.

Read Sen. Lovelett’s full biography here.

Liz In the News

The Daily Chronicle: Bill Would Tax Vacation Rentals to Give Cities Funding to Build Affordable Housing

The Daily Chronicle: Bill Would Tax Vacation Rentals to Give Cities Funding to Build Affordable Housing

A proposed bill in the Washington State Senate would give cities a tool to fund affordable housing construction by taxing vacation rentals listed on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO. Introduced by Sen. Liz Lovelett, an Anacortes Democrat, SB 5012 would ...

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The Olympian: Here’s how Democrats want to address Washington racial, environmental disparities

The Olympian: Here’s how Democrats want to address Washington racial, environmental disparities

Several state legislators are reviving the Healthy Environment for All Act, a law that aims to address decades of racial and economic disparities that affect the health of people who live and work in more heavily polluted areas of Washington ...

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Go Skagit: Legislators plan for start of 2021 session

Go Skagit: Legislators plan for start of 2021 session

With the state legislative session opening Monday, COVID-19 is on the top of the minds of legislators who represent residents of Skagit County.
They say they plan to fight for relief for businesses and families who are struggling ...

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