Nobody. That’s who. Everybody would love a break like that for 10 years. The problem is, you can’t just give yourself a property tax break. Well, you can if you live in Puyallup and your name is Kathy Turner or Mike Deal.
See, back in 2005 the City Council had the opportunity to vote on giving some condos being built across the street from City Hall a 10-year property tax abatement. The thought was if you give them a tax-break than more people will be interested in buying them.
The council voted 5-0-1 to give these condos the tax-break. Mayor Turner recused herself from the vote because her husband had previously worked for the company that built the building. Councilmember Mike Deal, though, voted in favor of the tax break.
But here’s the problem, although she recused herself, Mayor Turner then signed the agreement for the tax-break. You can see the signed resoultion here, effectively voting in favor of it.
She then quickly turned around and bought one of the condos as an investment property, an investment property that is now her residence. Mike Deal also bought one of the condos.
So, two members of the council that gave the condos a 10-year tax abatement to help bring people to Puyallup and downtown turn around and buy them. Is that what the intention of the resolution was? It isn’t illegal but is it unethical for Turner and Deal to do that?
We think so.