As of Monday, August 6, 2018
If, indeed, residents of Granger show up at Tuesday’s land use hearings to try and blunt the Yakima Housing Authority, more power to them.
Somebody needs to stand up and make sense of land use in the community. Some H2A farm worker housing is okay, but other communities need to share this load.
Granger is an economically depressed community. The closing of U.S. Bank is the latest proof of that. It needs to reverse its fortunes and can’t do that by letting taxes get away.
H2A housing takes the property off the tax rolls. And this is property that, with private ownership, would generate the highest taxes in town.
At the same time the community is asked to give up tax revenue, the Housing Authority wants to bring Yakima’s homelessness problem to Granger.
That simply doesn’t make sense.