Parts of Snohomish County already charge the highest sales tax rate in the state, and now voters will decide if it should be raised into the double digits. Monday, the County Council voted to put a criminal justice tax increase on the August ballot.
Every single city and county official who spoke at the council meeting was adamant — the county needs more money to fight heroin and homelessness. The council hopes voters will approve a 0.2 percent criminal justice sales tax, estimated to generate $25 million a year and cost the average citizen less than $100.
"I'm confident we're doing the right thing here," said council member Terry Ryan.
But most of Snohomish County just had a 0.3 percent sales tax increase to fund transportation go into effect last month.
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