Yakima County Commissioners approved a ban on local income taxes that could be levied against individuals or businesses.

In a resolution signed in August, they cited that, “A tax would be in direct conflict with the high value the County places on promoting economic development through attraction and expansion of financially healthy, family wage paying employers.”

They are the first County to pass a ban on income taxes after the State Legislature passed a Capital Gains Tax during the 2021 session that critics have called an income tax.

Seven cities have banned such taxes including Granger, Kennewick, Union Gap and Moses Lake.

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