Yakima County Jail Sales Tax Increase (August 2012)
This measure was defeated
- YES 8,668 (46.77%)
- NO 9,864 (53.23%)
This measure sought to increase the current sales tax to one set at a rate of $.08 per $1 purchased for a period of ten years in order to help fund the county jail operations. If it had been approved, the increase was expected to generate $2.8 million a year. Money had been received by a jail bed-renting program, but the county lost that contract and now have a budget deficit and had hoped this sales tax would fill the money gap.