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City of North Bend

Proposition No. 1
Sales and Use Tax Increase of 0.1% for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Purposes

The City Council of the City of North Bend adopted Resolution No. 1654 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 and use tax of 0.1%, split between the City (85%) and King County (15%) as required by state law. City proceeds shall be used for public safety and criminal justice purposes as allowed by RCW 82.14.450. Should this proposition be approved?



North Bend Proposition 1, if approved, increases sales tax by 0.1% (one penny on a ten dollar purchase) for public safety purposes.  By Resolution, the North Bend City Council has allocated all of this new revenue for public safety and criminal justice purposes.  As the City continues to grow, requests for public safety services have accordingly increased.  In March 2014, North Bend began contracting with the Snoqualmie Police Department for police services.  The proceeds generated from this sales tax levy would be used to hire an 8th police officer, which allows the City to have two police officers on duty for 18 hours a day.  It will also improve officer safety and allow for additional police emphasis patrols in North Bend when necessary to respond to and target specific criminal activity.  Proceeds will also enable North Bend to maintain the existing level of fire and life safety service now provided by Eastside Fire & Rescue, the cost of which will significantly increase over the next 3 years.  Approval of this proposition will increase the level of police service and maintain the current level of fire service.

For questions about this measure, contact: Londi Lindell, City Administrator, 425-888-7626,

Public Safety is a top priority for the residents of North Bend.  As our city continues to grow, requests for Public Safety services have increased significantly. The Snoqualmie Police Department has already started to make a big difference in North Bend, proactively addressing criminal transient camps, drug issues, and other criminal activities. In order to continue this positive momentum we need to fund a staffing model that allows for the hiring of one more police officer.  This additional officer will allow for two police officers in our city a majority of the time, and increase the level of safety for our residents and police officers who work hard to protect us.  Fire protection and emergency medical service is also a critical part of keeping our community safe. King County has the highest cardiac survival rate in the nation due in large part to the level of training our firefighters receive and the quick response times Eastside Fire & Rescue provides.  Vote yes on Proposition 1 which will give our community the dedicated funding needed to increase police protection, and will also maintain the same level of outstanding fire protection and emergency medical service that we all need to stay safe.  

Submitted by: Edward J. Holmes, Jonathan W. Wiseman, and Sherwood B. Korssjoen -

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (RCW 82.14.450)

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