If voters approve, the Criminal Justice Tax ballot measure will raise retail sales tax by one-tenth of one percent, or an additional 10 cents on a $100 purchase. The new sales tax rate of 9.2% is still lower than many Snohomish County cities. And because sales tax is paid by both residents and visitors, the cost is shared by a wider audience than property owners alone.
This could provide for $800,000 in annual revenues, about 70% of the estimated annual debt payment for a 30-year bond on a new Police Services Building. The remaining 30% of the annual debt payment would come from the city's General Fund.