County Council asks for opinions about proposed tax increases
July 11, 2010
NEW — 8 a.m. July 11, 2010
King County Council members want residents’ input Monday about proposed sales tax hikes.
The council has received three proposals to raise the sales tax in order to pay for public safety and criminal justice services. King County faces a $60 million shortfall in the budget used to pay for deputies, courts and other services.
The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax increases at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 10th-floor Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle. The hearing will be carried live on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Cable channel 22. Or watch the hearing live online.
Under two of the proposals, the county could increase the sales tax by two-tenths of a percent to maintain funding for the King County Sheriff’s Office, prosecutor and courts.
Under state law, the county stands to receive 60 percent of the revenue. Issaquah and the 38 other cities stand to receive the remaining 40 percent, divvied up based on population.
The third proposal aims to raise the sales tax by one-tenth of a percent to pay for a juvenile justice facility to replace the aging Youth Services Center in Seattle.