Marysville voters to consider sales tax increase

Funds would be used for a new police and jail building, which are to become part of a civic campus.

MARYSVILLE — Next month, voters here will consider a ballot measure that would increase sales tax in the city.

The money from the tax would be used to pay for a new police and jail building.

That could start the wheels turning on additional plans to bring together city services on a new civic campus, planned on 6 acres between Fourth and Eighth streets near Comeford Park. A decade ago, that location was picked for a future civic center. The goal is to include the police, jail, municipal court, planning, City Hall and other services.

The police and jail building is the first priority, according to the city. That would be the focus of the Aug. 7 ballot measure.

Voters are being asked to increase the sales tax in Marysville by 0.1 percent. That’s 10 cents on a $100 purchase.

If approved, it would bring the sales tax in Marysville up to 9.2 percent, or $9.20 on a $100 purchase.

Two information sessions are planned this month: 6 p.m. July 9 at City Hall and July 18 at the Marysville Library. There will be a brief description of the measure and time to ask questions, according to a news release.

The existing police and jail building opened in 1986. The city’s population then was about 8,000. It now is nearing 70,000, and is expected to approach 90,000 by 2035.

“The footprint of the jail has not increased since it was built and it usually is full to capacity,” according to the news release. “Without a larger city jail, Marysville police officers would lose the ability to immediately arrest suspects for most misdemeanor crimes.”

The cost of a new public safety building is estimated at $23 million. The tax increase would bring in about $800,000 a year, which would cover roughly 70 percent of the annual payment on what is expected to be a 30-year bond for the project. The remainder would come from the city’s general fund.

In their reasoning for the measure, city leaders noted that police and jail needs are driven by those who live in the city and those who visit. A sales tax increase would be paid by residents and visitors. The City Council voted in April to put the measure on the ballot.

The plan is to build a 46,000-square-foot building with room for about 110 employees. There currently are 100 people working for the police department and jail.

The new jail would have 50 cells and hold up to 110 inmates.

If the measure passes, construction could begin in spring 2019 and be finished in 2020.

The city’s request isn’t the only sales tax measure Marysville voters can expect to see this year. The Snohomish County Council recently decided to put a measure on the November ballot that would raise the sales tax by 0.1 percent countywide to pay for replacing the emergency radio system for first responders.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks with special ed Pre-K teacher Michelle Ling in her classroom at Phantom Lake Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
Governor: Educators are now eligible for coronavirus vaccine

“This should give educators more confidence,” Jay Inslee said. Other frontline workers could soon be next.

James Myles walks his 5-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Ellie around Martha Lake Park on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Myles entered Ellie into a contest called Americas Favorite Pet, where she's currently in 2nd place for her group. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Vote for Ellie: Fluffy corgi from Lynnwood vying for top dog

“Her Fluffiness” is competing to be America’s Favorite Pet. The contest raised $300,000 for PAWS last year.

A view of the courtyard leading to the main entrance of the new Stanwood High building on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Stanwood, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Law gives Washington high school seniors leeway to graduate

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that can waive some requirements for students who were on track before the pandemic.

A Marysville Pilchuck football player sports a spear on his helmet as the Tomahawks took on Snohomish in the Wesco 3A Championship Friday evening at Quil Ceda Stadium on November 1, 2019. School district leaders may soon need to consider dropping Marysville Pilchuck High School’s mascot, the Tomahawks. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Should Marysville Pilchuck High drop the name ‘Tomahawks’?

A state bill would ban Native American mascots and symbols from schools — unless there is tribal permission.

Snohomish County Council delays education spending vote

The council is now slated to decide next week on the measure, which targets a pre-K learning gap.

About a dozen metal dinosaurs sit in the front yard of a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 in Freeland, Washington. The couple are used to finding strangers in their yard and taking photos. Every year on their trip to Tucson, Burt and Mary bring home another figure  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Dinos on Whidbey? This Freeland yard is a Jurassic Park

These creatures from long ago won’t chomp or chase you, and you’re welcome to visit.

Camano Island shooting leaves father dead; son arrested

Dominic Wagstaff, 21, was taken into custody late Sunday for investigation of the murder of Dean Wagstaff, 41.

Rendering of Islamic Center of Mukilteo
Groundbreaking for the Mukilteo’s first mosque is Saturday

The proposed Islamic Center of Mukilteo was the target of an anti-mosque mailer campaign in 2016.

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112
Inslee: The president made me speed up teacher vaccinations

Here’s what’s happening on Day 54 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

Most Read