Sequim City Public Safety Sales Tax Increase (August 2012)

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A Sequim City Public Safety Sales Tax Increase measure was on the August 7, 2012 ballot in the city of Sequim which is in Clallam County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 777 (60.37%)Approveda
  • NO 510 (39.63%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current city sales tax by a rate of .1 percent for public safety purposes. The main use of the additional funds will go towards funding a new police station in the city. The current facility is rented in the local mall by the police department and they are seeking to have a more permanent facility for their use. The current site has many flaws and police officers were hoping residents will support their police services. Since it was approved, the city sales tax will be raised to 8.7 percent, the highest in the county. The county is also looking to add a sales tax increase to the ballot, possibly in November.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Sequim City Council passed Resolution No. 2011-017 to submit to the voters a 0.1% public safety sales tax. If passed, dollars collected shall support public safety facilities including a Police Station, Combined Emergency Operations Disaster Center and Public services such as police patrol, crime prevention, police equipment replacement, and associated support services.

Shall the public safety sales tax be enacted?[3][4]

References

  1. Clallam County Elections, Current Election Results
  2. Peninsula Daily News, "Sequim tax hike measure OK’d," November 29, 2011
  3. Clallam County Elections, Online Voter's Guide
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.