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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Pending legislation has the county treasurer scratching her head

Washington State House legislation introduced by the House Finance Committee could make changes at county treasurer offices


DAYTON—Columbia County Treasurer Carla Rowe believes the duty of the treasurer’s office is to collect taxes, not to make judgments on who is, or who is not, qualified for delinquent tax deferrals.

That is what she says she will be required to do if one of two pieces of Washington state legislation, dealing with the state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus, pass into law.

Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1332 suspends interest and penalties during a state of emergency declared under RCW 43.06.010. It would require county treasurers to grant extensions of the due dates of any taxes...

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