On Dec. 13, the Pierce County Council will vote to increase the sales tax in Pierce County by .01 percent to pay for mental health and chemical dependency services. Pierce County is one of the last counties in Washington to implement this tax despite having arguably the greatest need.
As a resident of Pierce County, a community mental health worker in Tacoma, and part of a family that has been negatively impacted by limited access to services, I urge council members to make the right choice. This tax would generate an estimated $10.4 million annually that could go directly to helping those who desperately need it.
I believe the county has put a great deal of time and effort into conducting the necessary research to ensure that the revenues will benefit the individuals with the greatest need and fill current gaps in services.