The City of Mill Creek is seeking members for two committees; one of which will be responsible for writing the pro argument for a new 0.1% Public Safety Sales Tax, and the other will be responsible for writing the con argument against the tax. The proposed tax would be used exclusively for public safety services such as police services.
Interested individuals should submit letters of interest that include their names, telephone numbers, and fax numbers (if available) to:
The City of Mill Creek
Public Safety Sales Tax Committee members
15728 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012.
Individuals must also indicate their support or opposition to the contemplated proposition and explain why they are interested in serving as a committee member.
Letters of interest may also be submitted via email to: Kelly@cityofmillcreek.com, or by fax to 425-745-9560.
The Mill Creek City Council may appoint no more than three persons to each committee. Each committee will be responsible for writing statements that will appear in the local voters pamphlet (maximum of 250 words) related to the Public Safety Sales Tax. The Council anticipates appointing members during the July 24th Council meeting. Statements for the voter's pamphlet are due to the Snohomish County Auditor by August 21, 2012.
The Mill Creek City Council has gone back and forth on this issue over the past few months. At the May 12th retreat a majority of the Mill Creek City Council backed a voter-approved Public Safety Sales tax as one aspect of a deficit reduction package. At the June 12th city council meeting a majority of the Council decided not to move forward with the new sales tax. Then, in a surprise move, a majority of the Council decided to revive the 0.1% sales tax increase discussion at the July 3rd city council meeting.
In the July 10th Mill Creek City Council meeting the Council decided to take the next step in sending a Public Safety Sales Tax to the voters for approval. City staff were directed to finalize a resolution authorizing the measure be sent to the voters for approval. The Mill Creek City Council will vote on the resolution at the July 24th city council meeting.