City Council Places Snoqualmie Proposition 1 on November Ballot: Sales and Use Tax Increase for Transportation Improvements

At the Snoqualmie City Council meeting on July 12, City Council Members approved placing a proposition on the November 2, 2021, general election ballot.

Snoqualmie voters will decide whether to approve Proposition 1 to increase the City of Snoqualmie sales and use tax by two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) for local transportation improvements. That equates to an increase of 0.20 cents per 100 dollars of all taxable sales within Snoqualmie, including purchases by residents and non-residents. If approved, the increase would go into effect on April 1, 2022.

The 0.2% sales and use tax would generate ongoing revenue for transportation improvements, allowing for some of the City’s transportation-related programs and projects to move forward, such as the Street Resurfacing Program, Snoqualmie Parkway Rehabilitation Program, Sidewalk Replacement Program, and other projects included in the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan and Non-Utility Capital Improvement Plan.

Approval of the proposition would also repeal the $40 annual vehicle license fee paid by Snoqualmie vehicle owners. The 0.2% sales and use tax would generate more annually than the vehicle license fees and would help rebalance the transportation funding burden between residents and non-residents.

More information about Proposition 1 is posted on the City’s website at https//:bit.ly/SnoqSalesTax

The King County Elections Office requires cities to seek members to be appointed to serve on either the pro committee or con committee. After appointment, both committees work independently of the City to prepare written statements advocating either approval or rejection of the proposition. The statements will be included in the King County Voters’ Pamphlet.

Those interested need to complete the online application. More information about the responsibility of serving on a pro or con committee is available in the King County Elections Jurisdiction Manual.  

[Information courtesy of the City of Snoqualmie]

Comments

  1. Richard Scheel says

    Snoqualmie’s municipal code already specifies that the current $40 car tab fee decreases to $20 in April 2022, so this proposition is only replacing $20 tabs, not $40 tabs.

  2. Jared Schibel says

    0.2% of 100 DOLLARS is not 0.20 CENTS, it’s 0.20 DOLLARS which is 20 CENTS. Units matter.

    • Melissa Grant says

      I checked with the City of Snoqualmie about this. Joan Pliego, the City’s communication contact responded to me with:
      Melissa, I really appreciate the question. The news release reads, “That equates to an increase of $0.20 cents per $100 dollars…” $0.20 is the same as 20 cents (not .20%), but I could have made it clearer in the news release.

      Joan said she would be happy to talk with you and make any other changes to the wording that might be clearer to readers. Her contact info is joanpliego@outlook.com

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