PROPOSED COUNTY SALES TAX INCREASE MEASURE KILLED

Yesterday the Grays Harbor County Commissioners unanimously decided to not put forth a measure to raise the county sales tax by .2 percent to restore criminal justice budget cuts and provide additional funding to municipalities.

Aberdeen Police Chief Bob Torgerson – whose department would benefit from the measure – spoke out against the increase, saying the timing is not right to impose an additional tax.

Democratic Precinct Committee Officer Don Norkoski told the commissioners that not passing the tax is “kicking the can down the road” – he says they have a problem, and they need to solve it.

The commissioners discussed the measure for about 15 minutes, and ended up unanimously voting not to put the measure on the February 2012 special ballot.

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