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Clark County Council to hold forum on public safety tax

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: June 18, 2022, 6:02am

The Clark County Council will hold a public conversation on the Public Safety Sales Tax measure that will appear on the August primary election ballot. The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday.

The council approved placing the measure on the ballot at its May 3 meeting.

The measure would increase the county sales tax rate by 0.1 percent, an increase of 10 cents for every $100 spent. Tax revenues would be used to purchase and maintain body and dash cameras for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, staffing the sheriff’s office needs for jail bed expansion and other public safety expenses.

County staff, leaders and members of the law and justice community, including the sheriff, Superior Court and District Court judges will attend the meeting. Discussion topics will include an overview of the Public Safety Sales Tax, estimated revenues, information regarding body cameras and alternatives to incarceration.

The event will air on CVTV channel 23/323 and www.cvtv.org. Residents can attend in person, or join the hybrid meeting by phone or online. The meeting will be in the sixth-floor hearing room in the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

Community members with specific questions about the sales tax can email them to Rebecca Messinger at rebecca.messinger@clark.wa.gov.

For meeting links, go to https://clark.wa.gov/calendar.