The City Council of the City of Olympia
adopted Resolution No. M-1780 concerning a
sales and use tax increase pursuant to RCW
82.14.450. If approved, this proposition
would authorize the City to impose an
additional sales and use tax of 0.1%, split
between the City (85%) and Thurston
County (15%) as required by state law. City
proceeds shall be used for public safety and
criminal justice purposes as allowed by RCW
|Should this proposition be:
This measure proposes a sales and use tax increase within
the City of Olympia for public safety and criminal justice
purposes. If approved, an additional sales and use tax of
one-tenth of one percent would be imposed pursuant to
RCW 82.14.450. The tax proceeds will be split between
the City (85%) and Thurston County (15%). City proceeds
shall be used for public safety and criminal justice purposes
to ensure that use of the tax proceeds complies with RCW
Criminal justice purposes are defined in RCW 82.14.340
as “activities that substantially assist the criminal justice
system, which may include circumstances where ancillary
benefit to the civil justice system occurs, and which includes
domestic violence services such as those provided by
domestic violence programs, community advocates, and
legal advocates, as defined in RCW 70.123.020.”
City proceeds are expected to be used to continue
existing public safety services, such as neighborhood
crime prevention, domestic violence prosecution, and the
downtown ambassador program, and to add additional
public safety services such as a downtown walking patrol.
Statement prepared by: Tom C. Morrill, City Attorney for
The city has already cut its budget
Five years in a row, the city has reduced services across every department,
including cutting 59 jobs and imposing salary freezes - without any new taxes.
The police department took its share: 6 officer positions cut, downtown walking
patrol eliminated, plus cuts in support staff, leaving fewer officers to respond to
more calls. Only after these painful reductions did the city consider increasing
You can maintain and restore community safety programs
Planned budget cuts next year include victim’s assistance in domestic violence
cases, school resource officers, harbor patrol, the Westside police station, and
anti-graffiti efforts. Your vote will help preserve these essential services. Plus,
to make downtown Olympia more welcoming for everyone, the city will restore
the walking patrol and support social service referrals for homeless people
through the new downtown ambassador program. The police will also be better
able to tackle neighborhood crime through emphasis patrols and block watch
This is the best available tax
The tax is one cent per $10 purchase. Purchases of food and prescriptions
are exempt. Visitors who buy things in Olympia will contribute.
Safety benefits for the entire community
Neighborhood leaders, small business owners, and social service advocates
alike support this measure because it takes a comprehensive, inclusive
approach to public safety. No matter who you are or where in Olympia you live,
your community will be safer. Everyone will contribute a little bit to improving
our community’s security. Please vote to Approve Proposition 1.
Statement submitted by: Peter Guttchen, Jill Severn, and Paul Seabert.
The City of Olympia has a deficit shortfall which has been caused by tough
economic times and made worse by poor spending decisions.
If the city has a critical need for additional public safety services, the City
Council needs to make different spending choices. The recent choice to give
$2 million building for $1 is only one recent example. Earlier examples
include $70,000 decorative wood poles for roundabouts, $1500 for painted
benches, and now they are going to spend millions to buy more land for
another park - and they can’t take care of the parks we already own. Typically,
all but one councilmember has enthusiastically supported these expenditures.
Supporting this tax is rewarding bad behavior and ensuring more bad spending
choices in the future. The city has nickeled and dimed the residents - rich and
poor alike - for years, as businesses leave Olympia. Now they want more of
our limited money?
In these tough economic times, we have all cut back on our expenses. We
need to send a message to our City Council to do the same. Please vote No
to raising our taxes and stop the irresponsible spending.
Statement submitted by: Glen Morgan, Ken McClarty, and Lucille Carlson
According to Olympia’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, from
2007 to 2011, the city’s budget for Governmental Activities (excluding utilities
expenditures) increased 13.7%.
If the city needs a larger budget increase, taxpayers would be better served
by city policies that encourage more new construction, more business, and
more customers into the city. The result would be more property tax dollars
and sales tax dollars without this rate increase. Vote No and send the city a
The Against statement is full of misrepresentations. For example, the building
being “given away” will house homeless families with children at a value that
far exceeds the actual value of the building. This is a time to invest in our
community, not play false blame-game politics as in the Against statement.
The simple fact is: approving this ballot measure will fund crucial public
services and make our community safer. Vote yes for public safety!