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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

KGMI: State Senate committee hears bill to extend COVID unemployment benefits to undocumented workers

KGMI: State Senate committee hears bill to extend COVID unemployment benefits to undocumented workers

A state Senate bill that would extend COVID unemployment benefits to undocumented workers got a committee hearing in Olympia yesterday. Seattle Senator Rebecca Saldaña, a Democrat, is a primary sponsor of the bill intended to cover 270,000 persons in Washington. Senate Bill ...

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La Conner Weekly News: Stand up and speak out for better ferries

La Conner Weekly News: Stand up and speak out for better ferries

Ferries are not just green-and-white boats to the families and businesses of the 10th District. To us, those boats are vital connections to work, school, and services like doctors and dentists. Reliable ferries are essential to our local economy and quality ...

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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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