A proposed 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax increase to fund mental health and chemical dependency programs failed after no members of the Lakewood City Council were willing to make a motion to call for a vote.
After a short discussion around the options before the council at its March 2, 2020 regular meeting, Mayor Don Anderson called on the council to make a motion. Silence followed and after calling again for a motion, Anderson moved to the next agenda item.
The options before the council were:
- Approve the 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax increase, which would generate dedicated funding for mental health and chemical dependency programs in the city.
- Approve a 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax increase with a contingency that the tax would only be collected when the Pierce County Council approves a 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax increase, which would keep the money collected from Lakewood residents in Lakewood instead of elsewhere in Pierce County.
- Or don’t adopt the proposed tax increase.
The Pierce County Council is scheduled to vote on a 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax increase at a March 10 meeting. If the County Council approves the tax, it would go into effect countywide, to include Lakewood.
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