Both Chelan and Douglas counties vote to prohibit local income tax


County commissioners in both Chelan and Douglas counties have now taken a stand against establishment of a local income tax.

Douglas County commissioners voted Tuesday to prohibit a local income tax on wages or any other sources of income.

Their approval followed Chelan County commissioners’ vote to approve a similar measure one week ago.

Washington courts ruled three years ago that cities and counties have the authority to levy a flat 1 percent tax on income.

The two counties become the latest in Eastern Washington to renounce any such measures. Grant County commissioners took the same step in early January.