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Meeting planned for proposed sales tax increase for Marysville

 


The City of Marysville is inviting residents to a community forum to discuss Proposition No. 1 for a Criminal Justice Sales Tax Increase.

The forum will be held at City Hall on Monday, July 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. It will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about how the monies collected from the measure would be used within the community and provide an opportunity for residents to ask city staff questions about the measure.

The City of Marysville Criminal Justice Sales Tax proposal is requesting a one-tenth percent sales tax increase. The request is included as Proposition No. 1 for the City of Marysville on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot and is anticipated to raise an estimated $750,000 annually to be used by the Police Department for Public Safety if passed.

Marysville is currently the second largest city in Snohomish County and is rapidly growing, forecasted to grow to approximately 88,000 residents by 2035. The proposed tax increase would assist in setting up Public Safety infrastructure to support the growth our community is already beginning to experience. If passed, the funds would be used to support the hiring of five additional officers. Public Safety is a top priority, and with a growing population the need for more officers and infrastructure becomes key to not only maintaining, but continuing to improve and proactively approach Public Safety within the city.

With Criminal Justice Sales Tax increases, state law mandates 85 percent of the funds raised be used within the jurisdiction and 15 percent be allocated to the County. The 85 percent that would remain in the city would be used solely for the purposed of Public Safety.

For additional information on Proposition No. 1, visit http://www.marysvillewa.gov/780/Criminal-Justice-Sales-Tax. City Hall is located at 1049 State Ave.

 

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