Whitman County Voters To Consider Sales Tax Increase This Fall For Emergency Communications

Voters in Whitman County will consider a sales tax increase this Fall to help pay for emergency communications.

The county commissioners voted on Monday to place the measure on the November ballot.  If approved it would increase Whitman County’s sales tax by one tenth of 1%.  That new revenue would be used for radio communications for the county’s emergency responders including funds for new towers and the region’s dispatch center called WHITCOM.  County Emergency Management Director Bill Tensfeld told the board that additional revenue is critical to keep first responders safe.

The sales tax increase for emergency communications will be decided by Whitman County voters during the November 2nd general election.