Franklin County Sales Tax Increase, 2009

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A Franklin County Sales Tax Increase was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Franklin County for county voters. The measure proposed to levy an additional 0.3 percent sales and use tax. Generated funds will be used for public safety services and facility improvements. The Criminal Justice Tax Advisory Committee proposed imposing the tax for a 30 year period and using the funds specifically to expand the county jail, Pasco Police Department and Pasco Municipal Court.[1]

The measure failed.[2]

  • No: 5,907 (52.87%)Defeatedd
  • Yes: 5,265 (47.13%)

This tax would have generated a sum of about $3 million a year, most of which would have gone towards paying off the 30 year bond created. This proposition just needed a 50 percent majority to pass this November and the local jails saw this proposition as a must. Jails are overcrowded, a common occurrence, and this tax would have generated the needed funds to expand the facilities. If the new tax would have been added, the sales tax in the city would have been 8.6 percent, a large number by any means. But officials were hoping that voters see the need and approve the proposition.[3]

Ballot summary

The ballot read:

"The Board of Franklin County Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 2009-341, concerning a proposition for a sales and use tax for local public safety services and facility improvements. This proposition would authorize the sales and use tax in Franklin County and Cities therein be increased three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) for thirty years to improve and expand public safety services and facilities thereto including the County jail, Pasco police department, Pasco municipal court, and operation and maintenance of public safety services and facilities. Should this proposition be approved?"[4]