Councilor Molly Carmody
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– Yelm Councilor Molly Camrody sends letter on behalf of Yelm:
[Printed her with permission.]
Dear [State of Washington] Representatives Wilcox and Barkis, and Senator Becker,
As a member of the Yelm City Council, I urge you to support House Bill 1113. This proposal would gradually increase the share of city and county liquor revenue, eventually reinstating the traditional percentage based sharing formula between cities, counties, and the state, and is vital to increasing Yelm city revenue. Even though Yelm has more than doubled in size in the last 8 years, and is the fastest growing city in Thurston County, our B&O tax revenue percentage lags behind those of other cities in Thurston County, because Yelm is becoming increasingly viewed as a “commuter” or “bedroom” community to larger, more expensive cities. We lack the industry and retail base that provide substantial B&O tax, and unfortunately, due to the greater use of cell phones, the revenue that we receive from the landline telephone tax is dramatically decreasing. The increased liquor revenue share would help to make up some of the B&O tax and telephone tax gaps.
I also urge you to support Senate Bill 5240, which would provide additional liquor revenue to cities and counties for state fiscal years 2022 through 2025.
Yelm City Council