Spokane County Sales Tax Increase, Proposition 1, 2009
The Spokane County Sales Tax Increase, Proposition 1 was on the August 18, 2009 ballot in Spokane County for county voters. The measure proposed raising sales tax by one-tenth of one percent. The funds generated by the increase will be directed towards criminal justice and public safety purposes. The increase starts January 1st, 2010 and ends on March 31st, 2020.
The measure was approved.
The ballot measure language read as follows:
State law authorizes voters to approve the imposition of a one-tenth of one percent countywide sales and use tax, the proceeds to be used by Spokane County and the Cities and Towns therein Exclusively for Criminal Justice and Public Safety purposes.
Should the Board of County Commissioners of Spokane County, as authorized by RCW 82.14.450, renew the imposition of a one-tenth of one percent county-wide sales and use tax, commencing January 1, 2010 and terminating March 31, 2020, the proceeds to be used bySpokane County and the Cities and Towns therein Exclusively for Criminal Justice and Public Safety Purposes?
Some argue that the tax is a duplicate tax of the already existent criminal justice and juvenile/jail taxes, it ignores budget problems that must be addressed and the tax will hurt those with fixed incomes, such as the elderly.