Tribe taxes wrong, shameful


March 16, 2022

Kudos to La Conner resident Dan O’Donnell for his persistent and astute analysis of local and county financial matters, especially regarding taxation (letter, March 9 Weekly News).

The Swinomish taxation of Shelter Bay “improvements” – only the homes, not the land – is an anomaly.

For those who do not know the history or have forgotten, it is the consequence of a lawsuit brought in Thurston County by the Chehalis Tribe over property taxation of Great Wolf Lodge, in which they had a majority interest.

Local courts ruled in favor of the county; the Tribe appealed to the Unit...

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