King County considering sales tax increase

Monday, May 3, 2010

 The Metropolitan King County Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee will hold its first public hearing Tuesday, May 4 at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse at Third and James Streets on proposed legislation to send to voters a 2/10th of one percent sales tax increase to keep current levels of public safety and health services.

The meeting will also be carried LIVE on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Cable channel 22.

This is the first of two opportunities the public will have to speak to the Budget Committee about the proposal from the County Executive to place a local option sales tax increase for criminal justice and related services before voters in August. The Budget Committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 13.

If adopted, the increase would generate approximately $47 million in revenue for King County in 2011, allowing the County to maintain current service levels of programs for the Sheriff’s Office, the King County Prosecutor and the Superior and District Courts. An additional $30 million in revenue from the levy would also be allocated to the 39 cities within King County based on their population.

You may follow the Council’s deliberations through Twitter by signing up through the King County Council Web site.

Council Chair Bob Ferguson is the representative for Shoreline and Lake Forest Park
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From King County Council Communications staff


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