COOMWA Founder Bio Sketch

Betsy Howe Bio

A resident of Auburn for the past 25 years, Betsy founded Citizens Opposed to OSS Management Washington (COOMWA) in response to a public outcry to fight King County’s proposed tax on Onsite Septic Systems.   The proposed “Turd Tax” was scuttled, but State law was found to the be source of misleading legislation.   COOMWA actively blocked anti-OSS legislation in the 2017 session.

COOMWA now reaches citizens in multiple counties and has a mailing list of more than 600 OSS owners.

With a focus on this issue, Betsy was invited to join the National Board of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) which represents concerns of privacy, water resources, government Takings and other critical issues facing property owners.

Betsy is retired from a career in Nonprofit Administration, having served as the Executive Director for the Arthritis Foundation, Diabetes Association and other health organizations.  She is married and has two grown children.

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