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ti <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> July 16, 2019 <br /> MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE <br /> 411 N 5T" ST, BLDG 1, SHELTON, WA 98584 <br /> TO: KMAS, KRXY, SHELTON-MASON COUNTY JOURNAL, THE OLYMPIAN, <br /> SHELTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NORTH MASON CHAMBER OF <br /> COMMERCE, CITY OF SHELTON, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, <br /> THE SUN <br /> RE: Public Safety Sales Tax Proposition <br /> In May 2019 the Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 41-19 concerning a proposition to <br /> implement a Public Safety Sales Tax pursuant to RCW 82.14.450. If approved by the voters, this <br /> proposition would authorize Mason County to increase local sales and use tax in unincorporated areas <br /> of the county by 0.3%and .02% in the City of Shelton, then split the proceeds between Mason County <br /> (60%) and the City of Shelton (40%). <br /> Currently Mason County has an 8.5%sales use tax rate, it will increase to 8.8%. Currently the City of <br /> Shelton has a sales use tax rate of 8.8%and it will increase to 9.0%. A short list of comparative regional <br /> sales and use tax rates are: <br /> County City <br /> Mason 8.50% Shelton 8.80% <br /> Thurston*PTEA 9.10% Elma 8.80% <br /> Grays Harbor 8.80% Aberdeen 8.93% <br /> Kitsap 9.00% Bremerton 9.00% <br /> Pierce 9.30% Olympia 9.30% <br /> King 10.00% Lacey 9.30% <br /> The Public Safety Sales Tax will generate approximately$1,300,000 for the County and $800,000 for the <br /> City of Shelton.The proceeds will be used exclusively for criminal justice purposes to include Jail <br /> services, District Court, Mental Health, Peer and Re-entry Services, Pre-Trial Services, Public Defense, <br /> Court Clerks and the Prosecutors Office. As agreed upon by the members of the County's criminal <br /> justice leaders the County proposes to use the funds for the following purposes: <br /> Additional Correction Deputies+6 FTE's $430,000 33% Corrections <br /> Mental Health Peer& Reentry Svcs. $200,000 16% Courts <br /> Jail Funding/Improvement Reserve $150,000 12% Corrections <br /> District Court+2 FTE $140,000 11% Courts <br /> Inmate Outsourcing $100,000 8% Corrections <br /> Pre Trial Services+1 FTE $80,000 6% Courts <br /> Public Defense Paralegal+1 FTE $70,000 5% Public Defense <br /> Clerk+1 FTE $70,000 5% Courts <br /> Prosecutor+.5 FTE $60,000 5% Prosecutor <br />