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“”Thurston County residents will pay about a third of a penny more in sales tax for every $1 they spend to interrupt the cycle of abuse and violence that leads to crime and more jail inmates if they approve a proposal now being reviewed by government leaders countywide. If placed on the ballot and approved by voters in November, the plan, dubbed the Thurston County Family Investment Proposal, would raise $10 million annually by increasing the county sales tax from 8.4 cents per $1 to 8.7 cents per $1….

As of March 31, the response deadline set by the county, the city councils in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Rainier had sent letters of support for talks to see if they could back a November ballot measure. The Yelm City Councils letter said its members did not support moving forward, citing concerns about uncertainties with the administration and structure of the proposed program.
[Ed. Note: HMMM! Yelm is the only city to decline so far. What did Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater & Rainier see in this plan that they approved it & Yelm did not?]

The city councils in Tenino and Bucoda did not respond by the March 31 deadline…
If Thurston County does not receive enough backing from the cities, the county commission has the authority to adopt a 0.1 percent sales-tax increase for criminal justice on its own, without voter approval,” quoting The Olympian.

Posted by Steve on April 11, 2007 at 6:03 am | Permalink

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