* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
More than 60% of Spokane County voters opposed a 0.2% sales tax that would have raised an estimated $1.7 billion over 30 years, paid for the construction of two new jails and funded a variety of undefined public safety projects.
Causes and candidates supported by conservatives are outraising and outspending the progressive opposition in nearly every race in Spokane this year. But not so for Measure 1, a 0.2% sales tax proposal on the general election ballot that would, in part, pay for two new jails, where the progressive opposition has outraised supporters 12 to 1.
Measure 1, if approved by voters, would impose a 0.2% sales tax for the next 30 years and raise an estimated $1.7 billion.
In a symbolic move, the Spokane County Commission on Tuesday officially declared its support for a 0.2% sales tax that would raise an estimated $1.7 billion over the next 30 years.
The Spokane City Council voted Monday to formally oppose the measure that will ask Spokane County voters in November whether local sales taxes should increase to pay for investments in the county’s criminal justice system.
The decision comes after jail opponents earlier this month filed a petition in Superior Court, hoping to force Spokane County to provide voters with a more thorough description of Measure 1.
Sheriff Nowels advocates for new jail as voters prepare for $1.7 billion sales tax proposal on November ballot
Spokane County residents this November will vote on a 0.2% sales tax proposal that would raise an estimated $1.7 billion over the next 30 years. The tax would pay for two new detention facilities as well as other undefined investments in public safety, criminal justice and behavioral health.
Democrats fail to delay proposed $1.7 billion sales tax for new Spokane County jail slated for November ballot
Voters in November will decide if they want to pay a 0.2% sales tax for 30 years that would pay for more jail beds and other undefined public safety programs.