Sequim Sales Tax Increase, 2009
The measure was approved.
The measure will increase the sales tax rate in the city from Clallam County's 8.4 percent to 8.6 percent. The sales tax increase is anticipated to generate approximately $600,000 per year and the funds will be used for fixing the city's streets and lighting. Additionally funds may also be used for building neighborhood sidewalks. In 2008 the same sales tax increase measure was proposed but failed to be approved by voters.
The ballot read:
"The Governing Board of the Transportation Benefit District of the City of Sequim, Washington, adopted Resolution No. R-2009-10 concerning a sales and use tax to finance transportation improvements. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) to be collected within the District from all taxable retail sales in accordance with RCW 82.14.0455 for a term of ten years for the purpose of paying or financing a portion of the costs of transportation improvement projects, sidewalk and street repair and improvements, and model connectivity projects identified in the City of Sequim Transportation Improvement Plan and in Resolution No. R-2009-10. Should this proposition be approved?"
A paving company, Lakeside Industries, which does little business within the city of Sequim, spent $1,285 on direct mailers trying to convince local residents to approve this tax increase. While they do not do much work on sidewalks or underground work within cities, which is what most of this money would be used for, they still promote the idea of the tax increase saying that it would only benefit the town because it can only be used to infrastructure improvements.
- County Election page
- Sample Ballot (dead link)
- General Election Voter's Guide Fire District 3 (dead link)
- Clallam County Election Results, Official November Election Results
- Peninsula Daily News, "Sales tax hike to go to voters in Sequim," July 28, 2009
- Peninsula Daily News, "Sequim may ask voters for sales tax increase in November," June 10, 2008
- General Election Voter's Guide Sequim Sales Tax (dead link)
- Peninsula Daily News, "Paving company fuels campaign for Sequim ballot measure," October 31, 2009