Criminal Justice Sales Tax


What is the tax measure?

The City of Marysville is requesting a one-tenth percent (0.1%) sales tax increase for Criminal Justice purposes, notated as Proposition No. 1 on August 2nd Primary Election Ballot.  The proposed tax increase will be used solely for the purpose of Public Safety with the portion of the tax allotted for Marysville.  Per state regulations, 85% of the funds for the proposed tax would stay in Marysville and 15% would be allocated to the County.

Why is it needed?

Marysville is currently the second largest city in Snohomish County and is rapidly growing, forecasted to grow to approximately 88,000 residents by 2035.  The proposed tax increase would assist in setting up Public Safety infrastructure to support the growth our community is already beginning to experience.  Public Safety is a top priority, and with a growing population the need for more officers and infrastructure becomes key to not only maintaining, but continuing to improve and proactively approach Public Safety within the city.

How will funds be used?

If passed the funds would be used to support the hiring of 5 additional officers for the Marysville Police Department.

How much will it raise and who pays for it?

If passed, the Criminal Justice Sales Tax is anticipated to raise $750,000 annually in funds to be used by the Police Department for Public Safety.  Sales taxes are paid by all who purchase goods or services in Marysville, not only residents.

Community Meeting

The City of Marysville held a community meeting on Monday, July 18 from 6 to 7 pm at City Hall, 1049 State Ave.  The meeting provided residents an opportunity to learn more about how the monies collected from the proposed ballot measure would be used within the community and provide an opportunity for residents to ask city staff questions about the measure.  To view the presentation from the meeting, please select the link below:
July 18, 2016 Community Meeting

Pro/Con Committee

Upon the request of City Council, Pro/Con committees were formed for Proposition No. 1.  Each committee had representation from three residents.  The committees each formed arguments either in favor of or against the ballot measure.  These statements are included in the primary election ballots and can be viewed on the Snohomish County Elections site.

Ballot Measure

City of Marysville - Proposition No. 1

Sales and Use Tax Increase of 0.1% for Criminal Justice Purposes

The City Council of the City of Marysville adopted Resolution No. 2395 concerning a sales and use tax increase pursuant to RCW 82.14.450.  If approved, this proposition would authorize the City to impose an additional sales tax of 0.1%, split between the City (85%) and Snohomish County (15%) as required by state law.  City proceeds shall be used exclusively for criminal justice purposes in accordance with RCW 82.14.450.  Should the proposition be:


Explanatory Statement

RCW 82.14.450 allows cities to impose an additional sales and use tax for criminal justice purposes, which are defined by state law as any activities that substantially assist the criminal justice system.  If approved by the voters, City of Marysville Proposition No. 1 would authorize an additional sales and use tax at the rate of 0.1 percent pursuant to this statute.  The revenue collected under the tax would be used exclusively for criminal justice purposes.

Additional Resources

  Snohomish County Elections Site
  Resolution No. 2395
  RCW 82.14.450
  Public Safety Tax Plan