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Ferndale City Road Sales Tax Increase (February 2012)

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A Ferndale City Road Sales Tax Increase measure was on the February 14, 2012 ballot in the city of Ferndale which is in Whatcom County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 1,838 (62.79%)Approveda
  • NO 1,089 (37.21%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the city sales tax by a rate of .2 percent in order to pay for road repair projects in the city. This measure was going to be on the November ballot, but city officials wanted to be able to collect the money sooner so it was moved to the February ballot. The Ferndale school also had an issue on the February ballot and noted their disapproval, stating that having two tax measures did not help the school.[2] One council member noted their disapproval of the measure because increasing taxes was not a good thing at this time and because the city does not get many out of town people who buy items the sale tax still falls mostly on resident's shoulders. Though other officials noted that the increase is needed to repair bad roads and that every cut has been made that can be without more drastic measures.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Board of Ferndale Transportation Benefit District, Ferndale, Washington, adopted Resolution No. 2011-01 concerning a sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of two tenths of one percent (0.002) to be collected from all taxable retail sales within the District in accordance with RCW 82.14.0455 for a term of ten years for the purpose of paying or financing costs of the transportation improvement projects identified in the City of Ferndale Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Should this proposition be approved?[4][5]

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