SEQUIM — Acknowledging that a proposed countywide sales tax increase is little more than a stopgap measure, the City Council agreed Wednesday to support a plan that would allow voters to decide hiking the sales tax.
Clallam County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday to put a 0.1 percent sales tax measure on the Sept. 17 primary ballot. If approved by voters, the sales tax would increase from 8.2 cents to 8.3 cents on every taxable dollar spent in the community.
The council’s consensus came Wednesday during a joint meeting with county commissioners.
County Administrator Dan Engelbertson said the added revenue would be used to replace funding the Legislature cut from its criminal justice budget that helped pay for jail operations.
Clallam County and Forks both operate jails.