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Edmonds mayor supports county sales tax increase

Loophole allows for boost without a public vote


Last updated 12/9/2021 at 9:02am

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson

Three members of the Snohomish County Council are proposing a 0.1% sales tax increase to fund affordable housing. In 2020, a change in state law allowed local governments to raise sales taxes by 0.1% for affordable housing and services without sending the tax to a public vote.

Pushing for the increase are Executive Dave Somers, Council Chair and Edmonds representative Stephanie Wright, and Council Vice Chair Megan Dunn.

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson supports the idea.

"Homelessness and the lack of affordable housing are a county-wide issue that needs county-wide solutions," he said.

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