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Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber board says “no” to additional tax for Pierce Transit

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm with No Comments »
August 21, 2012 1:01 pm

The board of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has voted to oppose Pierce County Proposition 1, which would raise sales tax three-tenths of 1 percent for Pierce Transit and is on the ballot in November.

“The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has long supported transit in Pierce County – even supplying the headquarters for the establishment of Pierce Transit decades ago,” Chamber CEO Tom Pierson said in a news release. ”Unfortunately, the proposed sales tax levels are simply unacceptable.”

The Chamber believes in and supports maintaining transit operations, but the proposed tax levels would push sales taxes for Pierce County to the highest in the state is the piece of information that swayed many board members, the news release said.

At 9.5 percent, Tacoma and Pierce County sales tax are tied with Seattle, King County and other cities like Kirkland and Redmond for the highest sales tax rates before the proposed increase, the Chamber said.

“Having the highest sales tax rate in the state is not a distinction Tacoma-Pierce County would want to be known for, “ Pierson said. “Being a community that preserves a reasonably business-and-economy friendly atmosphere is the sort of favorable distinction we should strive for instead.”

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