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Posted on: July 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] County Council Seeks Applicants for Pro and Con Statement Committees - Sales Tax Ballot Measure

Council will appoint 2 or 3 citizens to Pro Statement and Con Statement Committees,  Ballot Measure for Sales and Use Tax for Public Health, Safety, and Justice Facilities

On July 11, 2023, the Whatcom County Council adopted Ordinance No. 2023-039, submitting to the voters of Whatcom County a ballot proposition to authorize a sales and use tax for public health, safety, and justice facilities and services as defined in the Justice Project Implementation Plan (see AB2023-415 and This ballot measure would authorize a sales and use tax of two-tenths of one percent (0.002 or 20 cents for every $100) for costs associated with a new County jail, behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment, supportive housing, public safety, and other criminal justice facilities and services, as defined in the Justice Project Implementation Plan and as authorized by RCW 82.14.450. The County Council must appoint committees to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet, with the pro committee preparing a statement in favor of the measure and the con committee preparing a statement opposing the measure. The Council will appoint committee members at its regular 6 p.m. meeting on July 25, 2023. Once appointed, the pro and con committees must submit their initial statements to the County Auditor by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2023. Rebuttal statements are due to the Auditor by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2023. 

To volunteer for a committee, please call the County Council Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2023, at (360) 778-5010, or email the office at [email protected]. Please provide your name, which committee you are volunteering for, and your contact information (include phone number and email address). If appointed, names and contact information will be shared with other committee members.

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