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Council Members Speak Out On Tax Measure 2/27/2012
By a vote of 4-2 the Chelan City Council gave their approval last week to a regional vote on a sales tax increase to bail out the TownToyotaCenter.
 
Council members had previously shown resistance to the tax proposal aimed at helping pay off the nearly $42 million dollar debt associated with the arena.
 
Council member Erin McCardle was rather outspoken on the issue, and maintained her opposition, voting against the tax measure.
 
McCardle says the decision was not an easy one, adding that the process the process was one that heightened respect amongst council members.
 
Councilmember Mike Cooney voted for the measure, but agrees that the decision was complicated.
 
All nine councils and commissions that make up the Wenatchee Events Center Public Facilities District have now agreed to allow a public vote on a 0.1-percent sales tax increase.
 
But before the tax increase can be put before the voters, legislation in the House of Representative in Olympia needs to be approved. The bill that would give the City of Wenatchee the authority to impose a .2 percent sales tax increase without a public vote is expected to pass the House today, paving the way for the new agreement that will enable the PFD to keep the troubled arena afloat.
 
In addition to Wenatchee’s .2% council-matic sales tax increase, the .1% increase must pass, district wide by a simple majority. 
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